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

Veterans Who Have Passed: Douglas E. Nelson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Oct. 24, 2019.

Hayelan, Wayne E.


Born August 12, 1928, in Rockford, to Elmer N. Hayelan and Claire Bermond Hayelan.

25 year employment at Gardener Machine Co.

Graduated in 1946 from Northwestern Military and Naval Academy, Lake Geneva, WI.

Illinois National Guard 1948 – 1951, U.S. Army from 1952-1954, during the Korean War.

65-year member Rockton United Methodist Church, charter member of the Rockton Rotary Club, 34-year member of the American Legion Post #322 in Rockton.

Died Oct. 29, 2014 at River Bluff Nursing Home.

McCorkle Funeral Home, Cremation] Rockton United Methodist Church; Rockton Township Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star Nov. 2, 2014..


McNary, Charles H.

Born Dec. 12, 1928, in Irwin, Mo., the son of Charles H. and Cinnie (Wiseman) McNary.

Served in the Illinois National Guard and the U.S. Army in Germany 1948-54.

Married in Rockford.

Retired from Ingersoll Milling Machine Co.

Member of Loves Park Masonic Lodge.

Died:  Oct. 25, 2014 in Maple Crest Care Center.

Olson Funeral and Cremation Services; Fred C. Olson Chapel; Private burial in Rock Island National Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star Oct. 28, 2014