Robert Earl Johns

Oct 10th, 1929 - Dec 7th, 2013


Tue, Dec. 10th, 2013 5-8 p.m.


Wed, Dec. 11th, 2013 11 a.m.


Wed, Dec. 11th, 2013 12 p.m.

Robert Earl Johns

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

Nine Grandchildren;

  Sean Newell and wife Julie

  Amy Wece and husband Jason

  Andrew Johns

  Ryan Johns and wife MiKensey

  Taylor Allred

  Collin Johns

  Cody Johns

  Micaela Allred

  Kenadee Johns

Six Great Grandchildren;

Coty and Nathan Wece

Caleb, Hope, Hallie and William Newell

Three Sisters;

 Rosalie Wolaver of Creal Springs

  Edith Parks and husband Herman of Marion

  Pat Boyd and husband Donald of Crab Orchard

Two sister-in-laws;

  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. 


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6 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Barb Hardcastle

    From: Creal Springs, Illinois

    Date: December 10, 2013

    Neica & family,

    Please use your faith in God and all the good memories of your Dad to get you through this! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Barb Hardcastle

  • Guest: You’re as strong as a Bull….A Little one

    From: around, Illinois

    Date: December 11, 2013

    One quote that has always stood out to me is

    ” The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

    This man, shaped an amazing family
    Headstrong and dedicated to each other
    which will live on and precede , learning from what Robert taught them and incorporating his example to future generations

  • Guest: G.Ford

    From: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Date: December 11, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God’s Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.

  • Guest: Peggy Beasley Pavlisin

    From: Cantrall, Illinois, Illinois

    Date: December 11, 2013

    Dear Bonnie and Family,

    Just this evening (Wednesday, Dec 11) I decided to check the Southern IL obituaries and saw the notice of Robert’s death. Your life together was a life well lived, and the results show in your lovely family. My heart is there with you and the children and Ann. I send deep sympathy, daily prayers, and deep love for all of you. I will be in touch soon. May God be with you. Love, Peggy

  • Guest: Monica Neice

    From: Vancouver, Washington

    Date: December 13, 2013

    I was so sad to hear of Robert’s passing. It doesn’t seem possible that Mary and the brothers are now gone. I hope all of you find peace in your memories of your devoted husband and father.

  • Guest: Guy and Yolonde Peterson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 30, 2013

    Bonnie and All Family, Please accept our sympathy. My mother was always pleased that you were “neighbors.” You were very good to her. Again, our sympathy.