PRINCETON — Michael Hugh Johnson, 70, of Princeton passed away at 9:47 a.m. Friday, Feb 21, 2020, at his home in Princeton, surrounded by his loved ones.

Michael, known as Mike, was born in Spring Valley on March 2, 1949, the son of Elmer C. and Phyllis A. (Johnson) Johnson. He graduated from Princeton High School and attended Illinois Valley Community College. He married Mary Ann Dall on Nov. 11, 1972.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He served with the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion and later in Heidelberg, Germany, with the Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, serving as an intelligence specialist on the Czechoslovakian Army. He was a member of IBEW Local 51 and was an employee of Illinois Power/Dynegy Midwest Generation’s Hennepin Power Station.

Mike was a longtime collector/historian of World War I, giving presentations on Bureau County World War I history to local schools and organizations. He donated his military uniform to the Princeton Museum where it’s been proudly displayed for years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a proud American and a hero to many that knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Ann Johnson of Princeton; two sons, Mark (Susan) Johnson of Tiskilwa and Michael (Krisi) Johnson of Princeton; six grandchildren; his mother, Phyllis A. Johnson; and two brothers and two sisters.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Elmer C. Johnson; his grandparents; and one sister.

A visitation for Mike will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Military rites will be accorded, prior to the service.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, officiated by Father Daniel Gifford. Cremation rites will be accorded. A private burial will be held at a later date and time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or donor’s choice.

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