|Paul L. Johnson, 76, of 3250 Sunset Lane, Galesburg, went peacefully to his Lord's home to be with his beloved wife at 4:14 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2011 with his family at his side.
He was born January 20, 1935 in Galesburg the son of Eric and Mildred Fors Johnson. He married Jacqueline B. McClain on December 4, 1966 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on June 9, 2011.
He is survived by two daughters, Susan (and Patrick) Seiboldt of Victoria, Ill. and Mary Beth (and Scott) Lewis of Galesburg; six grandchildren, Christina Seiboldt, Noah Seiboldt, Emma Seiboldt, Joshua Paul Alvarado, Mikayla Lewis, and Kelsey Lewis; two brothers, John (and Jo) Johnson of Hinsdale, Ill. and Allen (and Joan) Johnson of Galesburg; a brother-in-law, Don Witmer of Galesburg; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Seckler of Washington, Ill. and Eleanor Johnson of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Phillip Johnson; a sister, Florence Witmer; and a brother-in-law, R.C. Seckler.
Paul was a plasterer and cement finisher for over 40 years. He had been employed by Builders Sales and Service in Moline, Ill. and later was a founding partner in Johnson Building Systems. Paul was a master of his craft producing beautifully plastered interiors of local homes. Many of the stucco homes in Galesburg were finished by Paul and his father, Eric Johnson. Paul also plastered the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. He was a 57 year member of the Operative of Plasterers and Cement Masons.
Paul graduated from Galesburg High School in 1953, where he lettered in football, track, and basketball all three years. He attended a trade school for plasterers and cement finishers. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
Paul served in the United States Army as a Spec. 4 from 1957 to 1959 and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Carson, Colorado. He was an expert marksman and was asked to be a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. While in the Army, Paul played football for the Big Red One at Fort Riley.
He enjoyed being outdoors, spending time with his grandchildren, and vacationing with his family in Colorado.
Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2011 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Mr. Mike Lummis will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors provided by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Memorials may be made to Faith United Methodist Church or Jacqueline B. McClain Johnson Nursing Scholarship at Carl Sandburg College. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.