Pastor LaVern L. Johnson, 81, of Malden, Ill., died April 2, 2017, at his home.
He was born on Feb.11, 1936, in Madison, Wis., the son of Leonard and Ida Johnson. He married Doris Thorpe in 1962 in Willmar, Minn.
He pastored several churches including First Lutheran Church in Ohio, Ill., Mich., Minn., and Ind., before coming to Ill. LaVern enjoyed astronomy, genealogy, oil painting and drawing, storm watching and operating his HAM radio. He was a member of the HAM radio group.
Those surviving include his wife, Doris of Malden; daughters, Nancy Johnson of Bowie, Md., and Sheryl (Terry) Harris of Malden; sons, William (Salma) Johnson of Crofton, Md., and Thomas Johnson of Princeton; grandchildren, Dillan Harris, Tasha (Kyle) Schuster, Rachel Harris, and Sarah Harris; and a great grandchild Kaden Schuster.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Gregory and a brother David.
Funeral service was April 10 in St. John Lutheran Church in Peru with Pastor Tim Kenyan, officiating. Burial followed at Peru City Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory. Arrangements were under the direction of Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.