In Memorian

| May 2005

Verle Johnson, 78, of Marseilles, Ill., died Nov. 25, 2004, at Riverside Nursing Home after a short stay.

Verle was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Miller Township, Ill. He married June Wicks May 29, 1948, in Seneca, Ill., and farmed his entire life. He served on the Miller Township Board and was Township clerk for 24 years. Verle was a member of the Stavanger Lutheran Church, the IHC Collectors Club, the LaSalle County Farm Bureau, the Civil Defense and the Sandwich Early Day Engine Club, where he served as president, vice president and secretary/treasurer over the years.

His wife, two sons, two daughters and 11 grandchildren survive him.

While Verle enjoyed going to shows and exhibiting his equipment, most of what he took was the equipment he used on the farm. They weren't really antiques to him, but a way of life that he liked to show other people.

Verle was always willing to help out with whatever project needed done and still found time to restore some exceptional equipment. Verle's passing has left us with some very large shoes to fill. 73.

Submitted by Ray Forrer, Sandwich Early Day Engine Club, Somonauk, Ill.