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Johnson, Paul Leonard
Paul Leonard Johnson, 90, of 515 E. Losey Street, Galesburg, Ill. died at 12:57 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2011 in Seminary Manor.

He was born September 18, 1921 in Galesburg the son of Carl Victor and Mabel Swedlund Johnson. He married Betty Marilyn Findahl in Detroit, Mich. on February 2, 1946. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, William (Kathy) Johnson of Fort Collins, Colo. and Timothy (Cheryl) Johnson of Galesburg; two daughters, Joanne (Jesse) Martinez and Christine (Slav) Dokolasa, both of Galesburg; three grandsons, Paul and Phillip Dokolasa and Evan Johnson and five step grandchildren, Teresa Lundeen, Maria Strom, Ryan and Eric Cecil and Tonya Watts. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Muriel Watson and a brother, Robert Johnson.

Paul served in the US Air Corps for 3 1/2 years, two years of which was spent at Burtonwood Air Force Base in England, and six months in Furth, Germany, as an aircraft engine mechanic

He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1939. Paul worked as a carman for the former CB & Q and Burlington Northern Railroad for 41 years. He also worked for the "Little Hook Wrecker" for 10 years and later the "Big Hook Wrecker" for 12 years, which went out on train derailments. He retired on September 30, 1982. Paul was a member of the Alpha Masonic Lodge #155, the Valley of Moline Consistory, and Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 and a member of the Prairie Hub Club. He volunteered for the Galesburg Railroad Museum. He was a life long member of Trinity Lutheran Church. There he had taught Sunday school and was active in serving on the church council. As a hobby he enjoyed woodworking for many years. He was a member and held various offices for the Knox County Workshop Club. The club members made toys for the Salvation Army at Christmas time who in turn gave the toys to needy children of families they helped. He also volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity, working on the first three homes built in Galesburg. Paul made many beautiful crafted items, many grandfather clocks all of his own design, as well as other furniture items. He was a master craftsman.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Dr. Tom Larsen will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to the charity of the donors choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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