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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

James W Johnson

1938 - 2021

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James W. “Bill” Johnson, 82, of Silvis passed away March 20, 2021 at his home with his family by his side.

Per his wishes he will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be held 10am - 2pm Saturday, March 27, 2021 at James's home. Schroder Mortuary in Silvis is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bill was born October 28, 1938 in Springfield, IL the son of George Andrew and Florence Lorriane Ulrey Johnson. He served in the US Navy on USS Roosevelt and USS Independence during the Vietnam Era. Bill married Shirley Ann Baird November 18, 1962 in Moline. He retired from the Arsenal after 28 years and loved attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He also enjoyed bowling, baseball and softball, playing pool, and fishing. He was also an Illini, Bears and Cardinals fan.

Survivors include his wife Shirley; children Sydney “Scott” (Diane) Johnson, Deborah (Jack) Brooks, James W. “Bill” Johnson Jr., Georgette Andrea (Dave) Wheeler, and Sherry Renee (Kartey) Ocansey; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and stepsisters Judy (Charlie) Nance and Nancy Terrill.

James was preceded in death by his parents, step parents Jean Lewis and Adrain Losey, son Wayne, sister Judith Marlene Carstens, and a stepsister Patricia Ann Beal.

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Kathy (Messmer) Cox

March 23, 2021 7:55 PM

My heartfelt sympathies for your loss.  I loved working at the Arsenal with Bill, BJ as we fondly called him.  I was telling my husband how much fun we had with Bill, Shirley and half his family whenever we went out for a work party.  Bill has certainly left a true legacy of love. My prayers for peace and comfort are with all of you.    

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March 23, 2021 1:32 PM
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Jenny Smith

March 22, 2021 1:28 PM
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So sorry to hear about Bill. Enjoyed him at the stock car track along with Shirley. Prayers to the family.   (Jenny Peterson Smith)

Audrey Solomon

March 21, 2021 2:25 PM

Condolences to entire family,I think of you & Bill often Shirley and the many ball games Bill played on with Frank and our many visits as they played. I am so very glad I was able to attend your anniversary with my daughter and see you two once again. I am so very sorry for your loss Bill was a good man         

Jeanne and Craig Cohen

March 20, 2021 11:25 PM

May all of the wonderful memories bring you comfort. Our deepest condolences.


Jeanne and Craig Cohen

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