Kenneth R. Johnson of Green Valley, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at Prestige Assisted Living Center. He was 79 years old. Ken was born in Rock Island, Illinois on Dec. 31, 1939, the son of Wilbur and Grace (Mortier) Johnson. He graduated from Rock Island High School and Augustana College.

Ken spent most of his career with International Harvester/Farmall. When International Harvester was purchased by JI Case, he continued his accounting career with Cooper Industries in Springfield, OH until his retirement. After retirement, he relocated to Green Valley, Arizona.

Ken loved spending time with family and friends. He was an avid golfer and scored a hole in one at Byron Hills Golf Course in 2010. He loved to watch “Jeopardy” every night and he loved to dance.

Ken is survived by his devoted mate and partner, Maureen Saunders; his children, Susan (Doug) Byrum of Brighton, MI, Kris Stipp of Evanston, IL and Todd (Gail) Johnson of Mahomet, IL; his grandchildren, Jeff Walker, Kirsten (Walker) Babecki, Sandy (Stipp) Minea, Kenny Johnson and Marlena Johnson; four great-grandchildren; his brother Joseph (Nancy) Johnson of Milan, IL, his sister Kathy (Dan) Decap of East Moline, IL; and his former wife Pat Schneider.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff for their loving care during Ken’s time at Prestige.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Hook a Kid On Golf Program through the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 am, Monday, Feb. 18, at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Green Valley.


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