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Joseph "Neil" Johnson
(05-17-1948 - 07-13-2017)

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 Joseph “Neil” Johnson, 69, of South Elgin passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin. He was born May 17, 1948 in Penn Yan, New York the son of Donald and Stella Pitcher Johnson. He was a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Civil Engineering and had been employed the Federal Aviation Administration for 38 years before retiring. He was a veteran serving in the US Air Force.

He was assistant chief of Maintenance on the St. Lawrence Seaway for 5 years. He had been a resident of South Elgin area most of his life and enjoyed volunteering in his community. He loved to fish and be in involved with his sons sporting teams.


Surviving are his wife, Saralee Conley Johnson whom he married on Nov. 6, 1971, 2 sons, Jason (Mandy) Johnson and Matthew Johnson, 2 sisters, Jill (Tim) Cuffy, Mary Jo Johnson, 3 brothers, Charles (Debbie) Johnson, Harold Johnson and Kim (Debbie) Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dwight Johnson.


Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin with Rev. Jan Commerford officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until the time of the services. For information call 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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