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Ray H. Johnson

Farmington – Ray H. Johnson, 79, of Farmington, passed away at 5:40 PM on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Farmington Country Manor. He was born on March 20, 1940 in Glasford, IL to Marion and Mildred (Ashby) Johnson. He married Diann Anderson on August 4, 1961 in Galesburg, IL. She preceded him in death on July 5, 2010.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jed Johnson, and one sister, Peggy Johnson.

Ray is survived by three children, Jeffrey (Laura) Johnson, Lynn (Jim) Youngman, and Julie (Robert) Lockhart; seven grandchildren, RayLynn, Taryn, Kelsi, Marissa, Jayla, Kyler, and A.J.; three great-grandchildren, Paxtyn, Adalyn, and Zayne; and two sisters, Carolyn Hobbs and Marian Barnes.

Ray was a coal miner in Kentucky and southern Illinois, then, for most of his career in central Illinois.  He was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church and the Farmington Masonic Lodge #192. He was an avid sports fan, card player and often enjoyed fishing . He enjoyed coaching, playing, and being involved in many sporting events. Most of all he loved his family and making memories together.

Services will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. Masonic Rites will be held from 5:45 PM until the time of service. A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM before the services. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Galesburg, IL. Rev. Walter Carlson will officiate. Memorials may be made to Farmington High School Softball or First United Methodist Church of Farmington. To make online condolences you may go to



  • Michele Crowe and family

    Reply January 13, 2020 3:58 pm

    My condolences to the Johnson Family, he was such an amazing man.

  • Gary St. Clair

    Reply January 13, 2020 4:06 pm

    Will miss you Ray and all your laughs. Love you and hopefully you will tell everyone hello for all of us still here kicking.

    Psalm 28:7 KJV
    [7] The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

    Loss of Loved One Poem

    Now that I am gone,
    remember me with smiles and laughter.
    And if you need to cry,
    cry with your brother or sister
    who walks in grief beside you.
    And when you need me,
    put your arms around anyone
    and give to them what you need to give to me.
    There are so many who need so much.
    I want to leave you something —
    something much better than words or sounds.
    Look for me in the people I’ve known
    or helped in some special way.
    Let me live in your heart
    as well as in your mind.
    You can love me most
    by letting your love reach out to our loved ones,
    by embracing them and living in their love.
    Love does not die, people do.
    So, when all that’s left of me is love,
    give me away as best you can.

    ~ Author unknown

  • Guy Reith

    Reply January 13, 2020 6:54 pm

    Proud to grow up with the entire Johnson family love them all Ray always greeted myself and other family and friends with a big smile that told you he was happy to see you. such a great man No bs

  • Guy Reith

    Reply January 13, 2020 6:55 pm

    Proud to grow up with the entire Johnson family love them all Ray always greeted myself and other family and friends with a big smile that told you he was happy to see you. such a great man No bs will be missed

  • Lisa Lockhart

    Reply January 14, 2020 3:13 pm

    Ray was an awesome man and always had a big smile and that infectious laugh! Even though Tyson and I aren’t directly related, he always made us feel like family. You never missed any family functions or kids sports. You were a fantastic father,grandfather,brother, uncle and friend. You will be forever missed. I want to let his family know how much he meant to us and how much they mean to us. I’m truly sorry for such loss.

  • TW Brown

    Reply January 16, 2020 12:29 pm

    My condolences to all. Always remember Ray at the ball diamonds watching games @ Jacobs Park and the emotion and love for the game he had. He indeed had an infectious laugh. Worked with him the few years I was at the mine in Rapatee / Middlegrove too. Lunchtime has never been the same since. Sorry for your loss, he will indeed be missed.

  • Rhonda Taylor

    Reply January 16, 2020 4:18 pm

    Marian, Carolyn, Jeff, Lynn, Julie & families. So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. We have so many great memories of Ray and the whole Johnson family.
    He was such a great man and wonderful father. He will be missed by many.
    We, pray that you find comfort & peace in knowing that he is with his beautiful wife.
    Barry & Rhonda Taylor

  • Arlen Walters

    Reply January 19, 2020 1:35 pm

    Arlen and Rose Walters send are condolence to all the family. We had a lot of good times with all the family. Remember being invited to a lot of Sunday dinners which were out of this world. Husband spent a lot of time hunting with all of them and loosing the dogs. Great times. Love to all.

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