Elmer Johnson

Elmer Johnson

CROPSEY – Rev. Elmer J. Johnson, 89, of Cropsey, IL, passed away Wednesday morning (November 24, 2010) at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 29, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Colfax. Revs. Connie Frase and Corrine Blissard will be officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Colfax.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2010, at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury.

Elmer Justin Johnson was born July 22, 1921, to Gustav and Christiana (Klonderud) Johnson on the family farm near Mohall, North Dakota. He married Janet Frojen on July 1, 1950, in Finley, North Dakota.

Surviving are his wife; his son, Gregory J. Johnson (Lynne) of Richardton, N.D.; and five daughters, Sonia Shaw (Stan) of Ogden, IL, Janelle Weinzierl (Richard) of Urbana, IL, Joan Johnson (Dave Eloge) of Lincoln, NE, Jackie Filippini (Mike) of Lincolnwood, IL, and Cynthia Cope of Urbana, IL. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild. His brother Wilbur Johnson (Lois) of Mohall, ND, survives, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters.

Elmer received his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota on June 5, 1950 and his degree of Graduate of Theology from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota on May 17, 1953.

Rev. Johnson was a Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He served as a pastor of Skoponong Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Wisconsin (1953-56); Immanuel Lutheran Church, Marseilles, Illinois (1956-61); St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Dubois, Indiana (1961-70); and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Colfax, Illinois (1970-86).

During his retirement, Elmer continued to pursue his interests in photography, hunting pheasants, woodworking and refurbishing their home. He also served as an interim pastor and substituted in local congregations.

Memorials may be given to the Food Resource Bank through Immanuel Lutheran Church, Colfax, IL or St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Forrest, IL or to OSF hospice which has been a great blessing to the family.

Condolences and tributes may be made to the family at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.