Vernon Johnson

Obituary of Vernon Johnson

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Vernon “Bud” Johnson passed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, at the age of 96, peacefully in his home, surrounded by family. 


Bud was born in Eldena, IL on May 25, 1927 to Benjamin Johnson and Florence (Fischer) Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Gladys McCann and brother Herman “Bub” Alber Jr. He is survived by two brothers, Dennis and Don Johnson. Bud leaves behind his only child, Pamela J. Baker. Bud also leaves behind his life partner, Elaine Simpson, and also his fur babies Mickey & Minnie.  He will be missed by his four grandchildren, DeAnna M. Morris (Masterson), Roxanne L. Hanna (Masterson), Michael V. Baker, and Markus W. Baker, as well as his eight great grandchildren.  

Bud was a travel enthusiast and visited all 50 states in his lifetime. In his 96 years he enjoyed living in Illinois, Utah, and Arizona. Illinois was always “home” though.  

A great story teller, Bud loved to share memories of his time aboard the Harry F Bauer DM-26 during WWII, what it was like growing up a country boy in Illinois in a different time, and tales of raising Appaloosa horses with his daughter. He was proud of being a self-starter in his youth by owning a milk route, starting Mayflower Moving, driving truck around the country, and going on to building homes and remodeling houses as Johnson Construction in the Sauk Valley area. His last  endeavor was building and owning the Bargain Barn furniture store.

Bud was a lover of all animals and loved to watch birds. In his passing, Bud has left a gift fund for Happy Tails so his love of animals can live on.  

Due to his love of animals, in leu of flowers, he would have loved a donation rmade in his name to an animal shelter of your choice.

Cremation rites have been accorded.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, IL. 

A celebration of life will be from 12:30PM until 2:30 PM on Saturday December 9, 2023 at the VFW in Dixon, IL. The celebration of life will end with Military Honors at the VFW at 2:30PM.


Celebration Of Life

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Dixon VFW Post 540
1560 Franklin Grove Road
Dixon, Illinois, United States
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Vernon Johnson

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Vernon Johnson

1927 - 2023

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