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Kenneth Johnson

October 13, 1948 — October 28, 2020

Kenneth A. Johnson, age 72, of Chillicothe, formerly of Tonica, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Ken was born on October 13, 1948 in Spring Valley, IL to Arthur Irvin and Edna Margaret (Reichen) Johnson. He married Nancy Gentert on June 20, 1970. He later married Joan Keas on January 15, 1994 in Pekin, IL.
Surviving are his wife, Joan; his sons, Eric Johnson of Huntsville, AL, Lee (Nicole Earley) Johnson of Princeville, IL and Dale Johnson of Spanish Fort, AL; his step-daughters, Christy (Dave) Kuntz and Karen (Jimmy) Bullock, both of Chillicothe, IL; seven grandchildren; and his two sisters, Lyn (Mike) Scanlan of Rochelle, IL and Diane (Jon) Ryerson of Nichols, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ken was a design engineer for Cummins in Indiana and later for Caterpillar, retiring in 2007. Ken enjoyed spending time on the family farm and was an advocate for land preservation and conservation. He was an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast. Ken also enjoyed traveling the countryside, especially in the mountains and spending time with his family.

Services will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10am at First English Lutheran Church in Peoria. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe as well as one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Mask wearing and social distancing will be in effect. Burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Tonica, IL. Memorials may be made to First English Lutheran Church or to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made through

*In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we ask that everyone in attendance: wear a face mask and refrain from hugging, kissing and shaking hands (as hard as it is to see someone you care about and not touch them). Thanks in advance for your cooperation!
*It is our responsibility as people of faith, to do everything we can to advise families to ensure we both honor our beloved dead and keep everyone as safe as possible. The sanctuary, where the service will be held, can socially distance and seat a limit of 50 or less people. The line for the visitation prior to the service will allow more to flow through while physically distancing.


NOV 1. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)

Weber-Hurd Funeral Home
1107 North Fourth Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523


NOV 2. 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CST)

First English Luteran Church
725 East Forrest Hill
Peoria, IL

Funeral Service

NOV 2. 10:00 AM (CST)

First English Luteran Church
725 East Forrest Hill
Peoria, IL

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