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Larry A. Johnson, 75, of Rockford, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, in his home following a lengthy illness. He was born August 9, 1941 in Rockford; the son of Carl O. "Sody" and Maybelle (Rosene) Johnson. Larry was a graduate of East High School in 1959 and Rockford College in 1963. He married Beth D. Johnson on October 19, 1963. Larry was employed with Liebovich Steel for 1 ½ years and Triangle Metals for 19 years. He founded LJ Fabricators in 1983, a custom metal fabrications company which continues today. He based his company with Jesus Christ as Chairman of the Board and operated it with that in mind. He was a lifetime member of First Evangelical Free Church where he served on the church council, sang in the church choir, was a Sunday school teacher, and chairman of Cornerstone Sunday school class. He served the Lord using his voice singing with the Kings Men IV for 45 years. During those wonderful years of friendship and ministry they made 7 recordings. Larry was on the board of Rockford Rescue Mission, Fairhaven Christian Retirement Home and By Design Ministries. All the people who came in contact with Larry would be able to attest to his fun-loving, generous, humble and caring spirit whom Larry would credit came from his Creator and Savior Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Beth of Rockford; mother, Maybelle; brother, Ron (Nadia); children, Christopher (Tona), Elizabeth (Felipe) Montejo and Gregory (Heather) Johnson; and grandchildren, Kyrkan, Hudson, Alethn, Alexis, Bailey, Micah, Caleb, and Ainsley. Predeceased by his father,"Sody".
Memorial visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec, 1, 2016, in First Evangelical Free Church, 2223 N. Mulford Rd. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 2, 2016, with Pastors Bertie Holmgren and Jon Melin officiating in the church. Private burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials to First Evangelical Free Church, Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center, 3470 N. Alpine Rd. Rockford, IL 61114, By Design Ministries International, 1111 S. Alpine Rd. Rockford, IL 61108 or Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St. Rockford, IL 61102. To share a memory or online condolence, visit

And yes, he was able to witness his Chicago Cubs WIN the World Series!

Condolences & Shared Memories (8)

  1. Wayne and Sharon Hilden

    What fond and enjoyable memories we have!! Our prayers for you, Beth, and family as you savor Larry's life and service.

  2. Terri Davis

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family for peace, comfort, and strength during this time of bereavement. I was one of the many fortunate people who had the pleasure to meet Larry and experience his sense of humor as I was an interim employee for him for a short time and attend First Free Church and enjoyed listening to The Kingsmen. I know we will see him again and he's looking after each of you with Jesus. A great man that wasn't afraid to share his faith! God's blessings on you all. May we all live our lives by the example Larry showed us daily.

  3. Don Gulbrandsen

    Larry and I were friends at East High School and Rockford College. The World has lost a really great guy. We haven't stayed in touch for years, but I will still morn his death.

  4. Johnnie Burch

    May the Lord keep you in his peace and comfort you all during this time of bereavement.

  5. Becky Banta

    Over the years, when I have been with Larry or he comes to mind, I have felt his consistent care, concerns, fun-loving spirit, always giving Glory to our LORD. I will continue to think of him with a smile in my soul. I am thankful that he shared his talents with us all, giving his best. He is truly one person I can hear Jesus saying, "Well done, good & faithful servant". My prayers & thoughts will continue for you, Beth....with a hug in mind. And to Greg & Heather & each member of your family. God's blessings always.

  6. Gary DeMond

    LJ - One of the finest gentlemen I ever had the good fortune to know. You made a difference in so many lives. God Bless.

  7. linda smith

    Maybelle and to the family of Larry, I was very sorry to see he had passed away. I know he was a special man. I met him @ Fairhaven when he came to see his Mom. I worked in the Resident Nurses' Office, retired now. I worked with Sody at Amerock & renewed our friendship when I started at Fairhaven. Maybelle & Sody & I talked many times before he passed away. Maybelle & I continued to reminisce of the old days. You all have my condolences & God Bless you all.

  8. Bruce Haugen

    I met Larry through Community Bible Study. He was my group leader twice. I really enjoyed his leadership in our group & his insights into God's word. Praise God that he is with our Lord & Savior now !!!

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