DAVENPORT - Walter E. Johnson, 76, of Davenport, formerly of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Manor Care in Davenport. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. Rev. Todd Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo; military honors will be by Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be 12:30-1:30 p.m., one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorials may be left in his memory to Genesis Hospice or Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Walter was born July 1, 1940, the son of Carl and Ila (Stahl) Johnson, in Geneseo, Illinois. He attended Geneseo High School. Walter married Jeraldine I. Schultz on May 7, 1972, in Kewanee, Illinois. Walter was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964. He worked for the Rock Island Lines, at the Geneseo Senior Citizen Center as a driver, and at the Geneseo Community Center as a custodian. Walter is a former member of the Stewart Lodge 92 AF & AM, former member of the Geneseo Civil Defense, and an avid Railroad Retiree; attending their gatherings. He was a skilled woodworker, loved to garden and mow his grass, enjoyed going out to eat, and loved watching the Lawrence Welk Show. Walter was a faithful participant of the church services at Manor Care in Davenport.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jeraldine Johnson of Davenport; son Clayton Johnson of Davenport; daughter Carrie (Brian) DePuydt of Davenport; brother Ronald Johnson of Annawan, Illinois; sister Rose (Denny) Cleair of Geneseo; and his special honorary grandchildren Sean, Matt, Will, Caty, and Hope Pohl.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ila, and one nephew.
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