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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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