David E. Johnson

David E. Johnson, 62 of Taylorville, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018. One of 10 children, Dave was born in Springfield on November 26, 1955, to Leonard and Allene (McClelland) Johnson. He graduated from Griffin High School and worked at Fiat Allis in Springfield for ten years. He married his best friend and soulmate, Debbie Porter, on April 15, 1978, and together they shared over 40 beautiful years of life. Dave enjoyed working in many capacities, including his family farm, managing Aldi Foods in Taylorville for 12 years, and for the last 20 years as a Retail Manager for Walmart. Dave was incredibly resourceful and enjoyed working with his hands. Mostly woodworking, Dave carefully, immaculately crafted nearly all the woodwork and furniture within his home.  Dave would have done anything for anybody, and truly lived for others. He treasured tending to his garden. Dave was a proud member of the NRA.  Anything extracurricular his children did, Dave was there including boy scouts and girls softball. His selfless zest for life and his happy spirit will live on in those he left behind, and he will be deeply missed.

Along with his beloved wife, Dave leaves behind their two children: Jason (Kathy High) Johnson of Portland, OR, and Jamie (John) Jeffers, of Sparta, IL; siblings: Sally Prewitt, Robert (Connie) Johnson, Rose Johnson, Patricia Duknowski, Ed (Ann) Johnson, all of Springfield; his mother-in-law, Norma Porter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Along with his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Paul Porter; and four siblings: John Johnson, James Johnson, Tom Johnson, and Beth Prather.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 6 at McClure Funeral Home, with Pastor Dr. Ryan Follis officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, also at the funeral home.


Private inurnment will take place at a later date. 


Memorials may be made to Taylorville Memorial Hospital.


McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements. 


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