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Mark Wayne Johnson

ABINGDON-Mark Wayne Johnson, 43, Abingdon, died at 3:50 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2009, at his home with his family by his side following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

He was born May 16, 1966, in Peoria, the son of Charles and Carol (Townsend) Johnson. He married Teresa Drawyer July 20, 1991, in Kewanee. She survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Nathan and Cody, both at home; his parents, Charles and Carol Johnson, London Mills; one sister, Julie (Steve) Nell, London Mills, and his grandmother, Winnie Townsend, London Mills.

Mark was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, his maternal grandfather, Carl Townsend and by an uncle, Don Townsend.

He graduated from Spoon River Valley High School in 1984. He then served in the United States Navy in Norfolk, Va., from 1984 until 1988, obtaining the rank of machinist mate petty officer 2nd class. He then attended Western Illinois University in Macomb graduating in 1991. Mark worked as a manufacturing engineering manager at Heat & Control near Galesburg for 16 years.

His hobbies included hunting, cars and tractor pulls. He was a member of the Abingdon Road Knights car club.

Cremation was accorded. A celebration of life service was held Friday, June 26, 2009, in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Dinges officiating.

Military rites were accorded following the service by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381.

Memorials may be made to the Nathan and Cody Johnson Education Fund, which is established at the Abingdon Banking Center.

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