William E. “Bill” Johnson, 86, passed away April 24, 2019

William E. “Bill” Johnson, 86, of St. Joseph, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Spectrum Health- Lakeland.



A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 2pm at First Congregational Church UCC, 2001 Niles Ave., St. Joseph. Friends may visit with Bill’s family on Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 2pm until 5pm at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeland Health Foundation or First Congregational Church. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks–menchinger.com.



Bill was born on July 15, 1932, to Edward & Margo (Wiggers) Johnson in Lincoln, IL. He proudly served his country serving in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he attended University of Illinois where he earned his Bachelor Degree in Advertising and Marketing. He then continued his education at Stanford University where he earned his Master Degree in Business. In 1954, Bill married the love of his life Patricia “Patt” Seymour in Mattoon, IL.



Bill is survived by his wife, Patricia Johnson of St. Joseph; children, Kristin Posey of St. Joseph, Sally Geldhof of St. Joseph and Steve (Lisa) Johnson of Shrewsbury, MA; grandchildren Sam & Sally Posey, Pieter, Max & Ellie Geldhof and Tanner, Kyle & Brooke Johnson; and niece Tracey (Pete) Eichenberger of Tulsa, OK.



Bill was preceded in death by his parents Edward & Margo Johnson; sister, Janet Lee Johnson; and son-in-law Tom Posey. 




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