CAMARGO – Jerry Lee Johnson passed away Tuesday (Dec. 31, 2013) while visiting family in Evanston. He is now in heaven with other family and friends.
Jerry was born in Tell City, Ind., on Sept. 1, 1946, to Pearless and Margaret Johnson. Jerry had six brothers and sisters: Jack, Eugene, Juney, Carolyn, Janice and Marsha.
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Jack and brother Eugene.
Jerry moved to Villa Grove with his loving wife, Jan, in 1973 to manage the Index. They also owned a restaurant called The Blue Castle.
In 1976, Jerry began working on the Union Pacific Railroad where he worked for over 30 years. He advanced to an engineer and later as manager of train operations. For years, he was head of Operation Life Saver for the Union Pacific.
He was also on the board of directors of the L&N & C&EI Credit Union in Danville.
Jerry was very involved in the Villa Grove community. He was the current Camargo Township supervisor. He was past president of Jaycees, the current Zone 3 chairman and past president of Lions, and a past president of the Villa Grove School Board.
Jerry coached Peanut League and Senior League baseball, and coached Bantam League softball in Villa Grove. He was a Cub Scout Master, a past volunteer firefighter for Villa Grove and coordinated the car show for Villa Grove Ag Days for many years.
He worked as a Villa Grove Booster Club president and was honored by being chosen to be the grand marshal of the 1989 Homecoming Parade with his wife Jan.
He was also the Villa Grove School football announcer for many years. Jerry was a member of the Villa Grove-Camargo Lodge No. 855 AF&AM.
Jerry was a member of the Villa Grove United Methodist Church where he donated time on numerous committees and was a faithful servant.
Jerry married the love of his life, Jan, on May 6, 1967, in Tell City, Ind. Jerry and Jan have two sons: Chuck and his wife Kendra, and Aaron and his wife Nikki, and one daughter, Kim Johnson (and her boyfriend Roger). Jerry and Jan made their daughters-in-law their own children as well.
Jerry leaves six grandchildren: Adam, Maggie, Sydney, Charlie, Grace and his tractor buddy, Emerson.
Jerry was the pillar of the family. He is loved, adored and admired by his family and friends! He will be missed beyond words.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, with a 5 p.m. Masonic service by the Villa Grove Camargo Masonic Lodge No. 855 AF&AM, in the New Life Center located at the Villa Grove United Methodist Church, 302 N. Second St.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, also at the New Life Center at the Villa Grove United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Villa Grove United Methodist Church.