Michael R. Johnson 64, of Mt. Zion passed away at 3:58 p.m., Wednesday May 22, 2013, in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
A memorial mass service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Decatur, IL. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion is assisting the family with services. Memorials may be made to the Decatur Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation, 2820 E. Parkway Dr., Decatur, IL 62526. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
Michael was born February 15, 1949 in Decatur, the son of James and Bernadine (Seaberg) Johnson. Michael was a graduate of Millikin University. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. He married Janie Karch in 1970. Michael worked as a chemist in Quality Control for Taylor Pharmaceutical Company. He enjoyed music and played the guitar in many area local bands during the late 60's and 70's including lead guitar for Flatland. Mike's passion for music was passed on to son Eric and daughter Megan who learned from him to appreciate and find joy, enthusiasm, and peace in many types of music. Mike was a true animal lover and enjoyed astronomy and computer technology.
Surviving is his son: Eric M. Johnson of Glen Ellyn, IL; daughter: Megan Johnson of Seattle, WA; mother: Bernadine Johnson of Decatur; grandsons: Ryan Johnson and Miles Ross; brothers: Chris Johnson of Decatur, Greg Johnson of Kentucky, and Tom Johnson of Decatur. He was preceded in death by his father James Johnson and brother Jeff Johnson.