Jerry Johnson

Posted 2/28/22

Jerry Lee Johnson, 90, of Paris, and formerly of Eldorado and Casey, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at his residence. He retired in 1994 as a job coach with Eastern Illinois Area …

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Jerry Johnson

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Jerry Lee Johnson, 90, of Paris, and formerly of Eldorado and Casey, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at his residence. He retired in 1994 as a job coach with Eastern Illinois Area Special Education after more than 35 years as an educator. He previously taught in the Kansas, Ridge Farm and Chrisman school districts.

At his request, no public services are planned, and private interment is at a later date. Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Johnson was born Jan. 3, 1932, in Rector, Ark., the son of the late Elva Boyd and Ida Marie Downen Johnson. He married Ann Raley on Aug. 20, 1955, in Carbondale.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, he is survived by two sisters, Betty Jo (Jim) Allmon of Marshfield, Mo., and Sybble Smith of Springfield, Mo.; a nephew, Eric (Wendy) Johnson of Marion; a niece, Nancy Downing (Terrie Velasco) of Collinsville; and his faithful dog, Chewy.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Lee Johnson; and a brother, Arnold Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts Education from Southern Illinois University and his master’s degree in Special Education from Indiana State University. He enjoyed being a licensed private pilot for many years.

He will be remembered as a friendly, laid-back person who was good at encouraging others. He loved road trips, dinner conversations, good jokes and flying his airplane, especially when in the company of his family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Edgar County Dog Shelter.

Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.