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Bernard Elwood Johnson, 88, of Rockford, passed away on April 18, 2018. He was born on December 16, 1929 in Rockford, the son of Harry A. and Dora M. (Brinkman) Johnson. Bernard graduated from East High School in 1947. He was a graduate of NIU with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. He married Janet K. Eggert on October 17, 1959 in Rockford. Bernard served in the United States Navy from 1947 to 1952. He retired from the Illinois Dept. of Veteran Affairs as a Veterans' Service Officer. He was past National Commander of Navy Club Ship #1, past President of the Harmony Singing Society and life member of SMSF, American Legion, VFW, Navy Club, Harmony Club, and 3L Clubs. Bernard was also a Combined Veteran Affairs (CVA) Supervisor. He enjoyed golfing and going to Laughlin, NV. He loved the New York Yankees and Chicago Bears.
Survivors include his children, Stephen (Dawn), Jay and Denise Johnson; grandchildren, Samantha (Weston) Stroud, Krystal (Matt), Ian and Aaron Johnson, and Kayla Lamb; great-grandchildren, Kaylynn Langston, Myleigh and Jase Stroud, Harleigh Rush, and Amelia Johnson; sisters, Ila Price, and Wilma Miller; and sister-in-law, Mary Eggert. Predeceased by parents; wife, Janet; son, Scott; and siblings, Donald Johnson, Beulah Graham, Ruth Hamilton, and Harry Johnson Jr.
Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, Olson Funeral Services, & Cremation, Ltd, 1002 2nd Ave., Rockford, with Pastor Dan Herman officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, April 23 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Fred C. Olson Chapel and on April 24 from 12:00 to 12:45 pm prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 230 W. Monroe St. Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.

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  1. Bob LaMay

    Bernie you lived a long life leaving many fond memories for multiple people. You served your country in many capacities and were a legend to all whom knew you. Your life was dedicated in many ways serving veterans of this country and we will never forget your service and sacrifices you made. May you rest with the best! God Bless your family and all those that love you!

  2. James & Kemy Brown

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  3. Denise K Johnson

    My father was my BEST FRIEND. I never thought this day would come . He is in heaven now with my mother having cocktails and brought a yardstick for my brother Scott. I've been through too much in my life but i know i will always have ANGELS looking over me. I LOVE YOU PAPA!

  4. Audrey cline

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Bernie and Jan were always good to me. They treated and accepted me as family. Bernard was a loving caring man who always supported his children and never judged anyone.

  5. Carrie Erdmann

    So sorry for your families loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  6. Arnold hoffmann

    So sorry for your loss he was a great guy prayers to all of you and family

  7. Kellie Shaver

    So sorry for your guys loss, he was a wonderful, caring and loving man!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time!!!!!

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