James (Jim) Arthur Johnson

A Memorial Service  will be held on October 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary, as well as available via live-streaming. 

A reception will follow in Founders' Hall.  All are welcome.

James (Jim) Arthur Johnson of Rio Verde, AZ, passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 90, on December 6, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Moline, IL, on March 23, 1930 to G. Franklin Johnson and Marie Olson Johnson.  The younger of two sons, Jim grew up in Moline and attended Moline High School.  He attended Augustana College and then the University of Illinois, graduating in 1956.  While at U of I, Jim was a proud member and president of Zeta Psi fraternity.  Jim spent four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After school, Jim spent the next 30 years working for Jewel/Osco Drug concluding his career as the Vice President of Real Estate.  In 1960 he met and fell in love with Gloria.  They married in 1961 and raised three children in Western Springs, IL.  Jim was blessed with a healthy family, his wife’s amazing cooking, and many good friends.  In retirement, Jim was on the President’s Council for the U of I, the Grace Lutheran Church Council, the Western Springs Planning Commission, and for the past 13 years volunteering at the Mayo Clinic.  He enjoyed playing golf, member of La Grange Country Club and Tonto Verde Golf Club, skiing in Vail, playing bridge and poker games, and traveling the world as well as visiting his family and friends.  Jim was a lifelong Illini, Chicago Bears and White Sox fan.  His love of sports, travel and history was only surpassed by his love of his wife, family and ice cream. Jim was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gloria; children Kristin (Bruce) of Steamboat Springs, CO; Disa of Mahomet, IL; and Eric of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren Olivia (Taylor); Jordan; Kayin and Tori; soon to be great granddaughter coming in January 2021; brother Wayne of Sun Lakes, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, donations made in Jim’s honor go to the Community Church of the Verdes, Scholarship Fund.

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