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Roy Johnson Jr.

August 3, 2018

Roy E. Johnson Jr., 83, of Streamwood, went home to be with our Lord Thursday (Aug. 2, 2018) after battling the aftereffects from melanoma treatment.

He was a gifted scholar and athlete and a graduate of Kankakee High School in 1953, where he was a member of the championship basketball team, starred as the football quarterback and was named Mr. Touchdown USA.

Roy went on to graduate from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in education. He received his master’s degree in education administration from the University of Illinois and continued to pursue his doctorate degree while attending the university and raising his family.

He was dedicated to the cause of education and started his career as a science teacher, became a superintendent of schools, and then spent more than 20 years as principal of Douglas MacArthur Grade School in Hoffman Estates, where he retired at age 55.

Roy was not the kind of individual who was ready for retirement or old age, and he took a position as salesman for A&A Paving Contractors, where he continued to work full time until just prior to his passing, where he had a banner year in sales. He devoted his heart and life to the work of the church and for our savior Jesus Christ. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church while living in Kankakee. Roy had participated in and served the church wherever he resided and had been a member of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington since the mid-1980s. Roy spent years in service with Campus Crusade for Christ and resided for a period in the 1990s in Moscow, Russia, in service to the mission. Roy and his wife, Marianne, supported many mission efforts around the world and had sustaining relationships with many missionaries. Roy is now a member of the most high church of heaven.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Roy and Vivian Johnson; his sister, Roberta Kay (Johnson) Morton; his brother, Roger Johnson; and his son, Eric Johnson.

Surviving are his wife, Marianne (Stewig) Johnson; daughters, Laurie (Steven) Sward and Brigitte (Mike) Dregalla; grandchildren, Alysson Senica, Mark Sward, Justin Derkson, Jared Derkson and Lindsey Henrickson; and his eight great-grandchildren.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Grace Lutheran Church, 780 Bartlett, Streamwood. Following the service, cremation will be private in Countryside Crematory. Private inurnment will be in Oakridge Cemetery.

Please sign his online guestbook at countrysidefuneralhomes.com.

(Pd)