No services will be performed at this time, but a
joint celebration of life will be shared at a much
Funeral home: Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral
Delas Wayne Johnson, 93, of
Middletown, passed away October 15, 2020 at Copper
Creek Cottages, Lincoln.
Cremation rites have been accorded by Holland Barry
& Bennett Funeral Home. No services will be
performed at this time, but a joint celebration of
life will be shared at a much later date.
Delas was born on St Patrickís Day in 1927 in
Lincoln, Illinois; the son of Edgar and Marie (Laun)
Johnson. He grew up on a farm near Middletown,
Illinois. He recognized the love of his life, Wilma
Jean Boward, when her 8th grade class visited his
high school. They were married March 12, 1949. He
served in the United States Army from 1950-1952
during the Korean War as a mess hall sergeant as
well as a pilot, flying domestic routes carrying
blood and other supplies from Fort Leonard Wood.
Serving domestically meant he could live with his
wife on the base. As a farm boy, he understood the
basics of veterinary medicine, so when sent to
medical officer's training he did well. He
considered a career in the Army, but when his father
in law offered some land, he returned to Middletown
with Jean to farm.
On the farm, they primarily raised corn, soybeans,
and beef cattle. They also raised two daughters,
Cathy and Connie. In the early years of farming,
when not planting or harvesting in the off seasons,
Grandpa and a brother in law drove a truck
coast-to-coast for United Van Lines - High Value
Division, serving customers like IBM during that
exciting time that started the Information Age.
Later, he ran his own D7 Caterpillar bulldozer to build ponds,
rebuild levees, clear land, and level structures. Delas also served as a Sunday
School teacher at Middletown Methodist Church for 17 years. He was also on the
Menard County Farm Bureau Board, the New Holland Middletown School Board, and
was a 4 H Leader.
Delas and Jean retired from farming in 1998, though they continue
to own the land. The land was cash-rented, but a retired farmer canít stay idle,
so he continued to help his tenant. Jean continues to live on the property.
Delas spent his last years at Copper Creek Memory Care Unit in Lincoln.
Surviving are his wife Wilma Jean Johnson; daughters Cathy (Jim) Finch and
Connie (Mike) Conklin; grandchildren: Michael Finch, Melissa (Jacob) Kummer,
Megan Conklin, and Haley (Matt) Gleason; great grandchildren Jackson and
Isabelle Kummer; sister Donna Wilson; and sister in law Birdie Lou Johnson. He
was very sociable and "never knew a stranger," so leaves behind many friends,
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Rudy Johnson.
Memorial donations may be made to Middletown Methodist Church.
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