Marion-Loren Everett Johns passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the age of 82 at the family farm in rural Marion.
He was born on that same farm on June 15, 1933 to Harry and Bessie (Pulley) Johns.
Loren leaves behind his lovely wife of 53 years, Sonja Harlene (Watkins) Johns. To this union was born three children: Melody Galene, Martin Everett and Eric Loren. He leaves behind his daughter, Melody and son in law Scott Spencer; son, Martin Johns; son, Eric and daughter in law Becky and five grandchildren. Loren also leaves behind one sister in law, Sarah Jones; two nieces and several cousins.
He worked at construction for several years, helping to widen West Main Street and also helped to build Marion Memorial Hospital before going into the Army in April of 1953. Loren was a Korean Veteran and drove trucks for nearly 35 years and worked 12 years at Marion Target in part time maintenance. He drove union trucks for 25 years for Schilli Transportation, Bonifield Brothers Truck Lines and Yellow Freight System, retiring in 1990.
Loren loved gardening and music, Cajun, Bluegrass and Gospel the best. He along with his wife Sonja attended Arnold View Freewill Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Ivan Ryan and Rev. David Willard officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Sunday from 12pm until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/ PO Box 411/ Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register please visit bluefuneralhome.com