Robert Earl Johns, 84, of the Lake of Egypt, passed peacefully away on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. at Herrin Hospital surrounded lovingly by his family.
Robert was born October 10, 1929 in Johnson County, on his family farm, the son of Ray and Gladys (Bradley) Johns. He married Bonnie Tanner-Newell on April 18, 1959 in Corinth, and together they have been blessed to share 54 years of marriage.
He was an Army veteran, proudly serving his country during the Korean Conflict. As a young man Robert left home to work in Wisconsin at a mental hospital, then in Chicago at the Ford Motor plant. He returned home to work at Olin-Mathinson before going to work at the U.S. Federal Penitentiary at Marion, retiring in 1984. Following his retirement he enjoyed working on his farm, tending his cows and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and we cherish the memories we have.
Survivors include his:
Wife – Bonnie Johns of Lake of Egypt
Son – Dean Newell and wife Patty of Pittsburg
Daughter – Neica Allred and husband Chuck of Lake of Egypt
Son – Bryan Johns and wife Shawn of Tunnel Hill
Son – Chris Johns and wife Sherry of Lake of Egypt
Sean Newell and wife Julie
Amy Wece and husband Jason
Ryan Johns and wife MiKensey
Six Great Grandchildren;
Coty and Nathan Wece
Caleb, Hope, Hallie and William Newell
Rosalie Wolaver of Creal Springs
Edith Parks and husband Herman of Marion
Pat Boyd and husband Donald of Crab Orchard
Anna Bryan of Marion
Laura Johns of Creal Springs
Several nieces and nephews
Preceded by; his Parents, three brothers, infant, Kenneth Johns and J.T. Johns, Sister – Mary Vinson.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin McNeely and Rev. Shorty Alsip officiating. Burial will follow in County Line Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5 – 8 at the funeral home.
For those who prefer memorials may be made to County Line Cemetery. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.