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Gene D. Johnson

March 22, 1936 December 27, 2021
Gene D. Johnson
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Gene D. Johnson, 85, of Winnebago, died Monday, December 27, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous battle with pulmonary disease. He was born March 22, 1936 in Rockford, the son of Floyd B. and Agnes (Duggins) Johnson. He attended Pecatonica High School and was a veteran of the United States Army.

Gene married the love of his life, Elsie Marie Thurow on July 14, 1956 in Pecatonica. Gene was blessed with four wonderful children who were his pride and joy. Gene farmed until he began his career as a truck driver, which he continued until he was 84 years old. He enjoyed meeting and making friends wherever he went. Gene also enjoyed local coffee shops and a prime rib dinner on Saturday nights. He was an avid Chicago Bears and White Sox fan.

Gene cherished the latter part of his life spending time and traveling with his dear friend Alice Pierce. Alice became a big part of the Johnson family and an even bigger part of Gene’s life.

Gene is lovingly survived by his children, Gene (Wendy) Johnson Jr. of Pecatonica, Jim (Karen) Johnson of Winnebago, Diane Capriola of Winnebago, Dan (Jill) Johnson of Winnebago; grandchildren, Nicky (Jeremy) Doner, Jerika (Josh) Goike, Michael Capriola, Bishop Capriola, Mackenzie Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Jacob Johnson; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Colten Doner, Wyatt, Breyah and Breylon Johnson, Mady and Oliver Goike; sisters, Dolores Butts of California, MO, Evelyn Muchow of Winnebago; beloved friend Alice Pierce of Freeport; several nephews and nieces.

Gene is predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Elsie Johnson; grandson, Gene D. Johnson III; brothers, Don Johnson, Edwin Johnson.

Memorial visitation 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. Cremation rites accorded. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established. For an online obituary and tributes go to
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3:00 PM 1/5/2022 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/5/2022 7:00:00 PM
Genandt Funeral Home

602 N. Elida St.
Winnebago, IL 61088

Genandt Funeral Home
602 N. Elida St. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

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In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established.


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