James  Johnson

Obituary of James D. Johnson

James (Jim) D. Johnson 

Born November 3, 1953 in Elmira, NY the first born son of Paul and Christine Johnson of Odessa, NY. He passed away March 21, 2024 at his home in Springfield, IL. 

He graduated from Odessa Montour High School in 1971 and immediately enlisted in the army at age 17 initially serving in the Old Guard. He earned a BA, Houghton College, 1978 while in the Army Reserve Special Forces, MD; United Theological Seminary and MA, University of Illinois. Jim had a 37 year active duty and Illinois National Guard career becoming Chaplain in 1978. He served Fort Myer, VA; Fort Benning, GA; Ft Lewis, WA; Camp Lincoln, IL; Kosovo; Bosnia; Germany; Iraq; Kuwait and Macedonia. Jim retired as Brigade Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel.He was pastor of three United Methodist churches and Chaplain of Illinois Lincoln's Challenge. He was very proud of his service and wore his uniform and medals respectfully. He was awarded the bronze star and too many awards and medals to mention. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Illinois and National AMVETS Chaplain; Four Chaplains inductee; and a Grand Mason. 

Jim was pre-deceased by his parents Paul and Christine Johnson; and his long time companion Mivuet Nassrullah. 

He is survived by his brother Duane (Rachel) Johnson, sisters Darlene (Steve) Terrell and Anita Johnson, former spouse Barbara Manning and step-son Jason Manning. Many nieces and nephews. Long time care-giver Querida Guider. 

Jim did back to back combat zone deployments and sustained injuries in Iraq. He valued his brotherhood of battle buddies who were all determined to protect one another. Jim was honored to have sacrificed for America. He would simply say "I'm a soldier". He stood for God and Country and proudly served the United States of America. 

A private burial is planned at a future date. Donations may be made to any Veteran organization of your choice. 

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