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Gene R. Johnson

March 22, 1937 - May 18, 2017

Obituary


Gene R. Johnson, 80, of Rockford, Il. died Thursday, May 18, 2017. Loving, husband, father and poppy. He was born in St. Louis, MO. on March 22, 1937 to Ray and Jewel (Cantrell) Johnson. In a life well celebrated, he married Sonja Woelfel in 1956. Gene owned and operated gas and convenient stores. He was a devoted cheerleader for all of his kids and grandkids sporting events. He never missed one of their hockey games logging over thousands of miles in travel and was recognized by his favorite place to stand and cheer at the...

Gene R. Johnson, 80, of Rockford, Il. died Thursday, May 18, 2017. Loving, husband, father and poppy. He was born in St. Louis, MO. on March 22, 1937 to Ray and Jewel (Cantrell) Johnson. In a life well celebrated, he married Sonja Woelfel in 1956. Gene owned and operated gas and convenient stores. He was a devoted cheerleader for all of his kids and grandkids sporting events. He never missed one of their hockey games logging over thousands of miles in travel and was recognized by his favorite place to stand and cheer at the games. His chef hat earned him the best grilled pork chops, a family favorite. He enjoyed the companionship of a good fishing pole, and providing a smorgasboard of food for his birds and squirrels. He found pure enjoyment in manicuring and maintaining his yard.

Survivors: children, Renee (Don Beinborn) Cheek, Kevin (Marie) Johnson, Todd Johnson; grandchildren, David (Allie), Mike (Julia) Cheek, Brock, Bret, Aidan, Oliver, Johnson; great-granddaughters, Macy and Mallory Cheek sister, Carol Crosno. Predeceased by parents, wife, Sonja (2014); brother, Earl Johnson; son-in-law, Gary Cheek.

Services: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at Sunset Funeral Home 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Machesney Park, Il. Visitation: 9:00 - 10:00. Entombment to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Condolences to www.sunstfhmemgardens.com