Veterans Who Have Passed — Harold Donald Johnson


Harold Donald Johnson 1926—2020
Harold Donald Johnson, 94, of Dixon, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, at Liberty Court Assisted Living & Memory Care, Dixon, IL. He was employed by the Illinois Northern Utility Co., which merged with Public Service Co., then with Commonwealth Edison Co. for 36 prior to his retirement.
Harold was born May 15, 1926, in Dixon, IL, the son of Harry and Jennie (Steinbeck) Johnson. He had several nicknames, mainly “Goozle” which was passed on from his father and “Swede” which was from his time with the Utility Company. Harold graduated from Dixon High School, class of 1944. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1944-1946 including duty in the European Theater of Operations. Also served in the Illinois National Guard and Korean Conflict from 1949-1952. Harold was proud to have received three Honorable Discharges. He attended Grace United Methodist Church in Dixon, was a member of the American Legion Post #12, a Charter Volunteer at Dixon Rural Fire Dept for 11 years (1946-1957), a member of the World War II National Museum in New Orleans, and a special Deputy Sheriff under John Stouffer, Robert Burrs and his good friend Quest. During the Depression Era he delivered newspapers for the Dixon Evening Telegraph and Rockford Morning Star. Harold had the pleasure of being Grand Marshall of the 2017 Memorial Day Parade. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and the many trips they took. He is survived by special friends, Terrie Sloan, Kathy Gridley, and Leonard Jerrells; cousins and many friends. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond and brother, Richard who passed away in infancy.
Private graveside service will be on Friday, December 18, 2020, at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, IL, with, Pastor Jack Briggs, officiating, with full Military Honors by the combined Veteran’s Military Groups.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be mailed to Midland States Bank in C/O Connie Bontz directed to Oakwood Cemetery for the Veterans Platform to install a ramp or the Dixon Veterans Memorial Park.
Harold expressed his thanks and blessing to go to Terrie Sloan, a great friend and a devoted neighbor for over the last 30 plus years especially since living alone at home and then at Liberty Court, for the many visits and helping hands, may God put many stars in your crown.
Harold’s special friends would like to extend a thank you to nurse Andrea and all the staff at Liberty Court for taking such good care of him during his stay. As well as the combined Veteran Military Groups in the local area for all they do for Veterans.
“There is never a total loss,
But what there is a small
Gain somewhere,
If you look at it Right”
~Harold D. Johnson
Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.
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Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2020, and found on

Larson & Darby Group Architects Engineers Planners

“Where Good Design is About Solving Problems,” by Chris Linden, pp 236-245

Richard S. McClelland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Dan J. Roszkowski, AIA, NCARB; William Waldorf, SE, RA; and John T. Saunders, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP., partners, photograph.

Roszkowski, Dan

Larson & Darby, 4949 Harrison Ave. Founded in 1963.

BMO Harris Bank Center, Freeport Health Network, Dixon’s KSB, Heartland church, Westminster Presbyterian, addition to University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford are among their designs, as are DeKalb County Farm Bureau, BEHL (in India), Kishwaukee St. facility for the Rock River Reclamation District, east side transfer center for Rockford Mass Transit District, Danfoss Drives, Mondelez International Gum Factory, Rosecrance Health Network (East side), Duo-Fast in Huntley, IL.

One of the first firms in the region to embrace Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standard for sustainable construction.

Larry Larson and his brother-in-law Sam Darby began their partnership working small jobs around Rockford (picture).  Their big breaqk came when they landed a contract to design the headquarters and manufacturing center for Sundstrand, now owned by UTC Aerospace Systems.

Firm has nearly 120 employees around 2001.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Holiday 2014, Vol. 11, No. 6, pp 236-245

Thomas Farmer

Thomas Farmer


Son of Thomas and Janet (Gurley) Farmer

Born 07/10/1815 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Came to America at age 19

Married Margaret Halley on 03/02/1837 in Vermont

Moved tor Rockton, IL in 1839

Laid stone for the Old Stone Church

Laid stone for Rockton Library

Moved to Rockford in 1875

Died 10/09/1880 in Rockford, Illinois


Source:  “Pioneers of Winnebago and Boone Counties”, 929.377331  R883p



Judith Fandrick

Judith Fandrick of 1110 20th Street and Thomas D. Cox, 2302 Auburn Street

Engaged to be married October 3rd at Court Street United Methodist Church

A graduate of Swedish American School of Radiology, Judith is an X-ray technician

Engagement Announcement, 1970
Engagement Announcement, 1970

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fandrick of Monroe, WI are parents of the bride

Mrs. Helen Cox of Rockford and Mr. Melvin Cox of Carbondale are parents of the groom


Source:  Rockford Register Star, 06/21/1970