Arthur A. Johnson
Arthur A. "Art" Johnson, 93, of Effingham, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Effingham. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham with military rites. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lincolnland Hospice or First Baptist Church in Effingham. Online condolences may be shared at
Art was born on February 23, 1926, in Hoopeston, IL, the son of Hughie and Pearl (Justice) Johnson. He married Jeannie Murphy of Hoopeston in 1946 until her death in 1986. He later married Sue Chambliss in 1988, and she survives.
Art joined the Marines during World War II, the 3rd Division, 21st Marines and was wounded in March of 1945 on Iwo Jima. He attended Eastern Illinois University and taught Jr. High School in Hoopeston then was hired on as an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance in Hoopeston. In 1969, Art moved to Effingham to take a position as District Manager for State Farm Insurance until his retirement. Art was an avid golfer. He held countless club championships at Hubbard Trail Golf Course in Hoopeston, resulting in the tournament being named after him. After moving to Effingham, he was a member of the Effingham County Club for over 50 years. Art was a huge Chicago Cubs fan and also enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears play football. He also was an avid bowler. Art was a member of the First Baptist Church in Effingham and was baptized on May 6, 2010.
Art is survived by his wife, Sue Johnson; son, Kip (Judy) Johnson; stepdaughter, Tiffany (Harold) Tarr; stepson, Jeff (Heather) Chambliss; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and sister, Donna (John) Hamilton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold Johnson, Leslie Johnson, Jay Johnson, and Paul "Bus" Johnson; and sisters, Rachel Johnson and Dollie Hardy.
Published on September 17, 2019


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Don Garratt
Sep 19, 2019
I met Art on the golf course through a mutual friend. He quickly became my idol on how golf should be played, having fun while helping me improve my game while I admired his great skill. I will miss him greatly during what had become an annual week of golf with Art on his Florida course.
Howard and Myrna Johnson
Sep 18, 2019
Great Memories of Uncle Art. Our sympathy to his family!
Ron and Mara Resseguie
Sep 18, 2019
Farewell to a wonderful man whom we will miss tremendously on our winter trips to Florida. May you rest in eternal peace our friend and enjoy God's beautiful golf courses. Hopefully one day He will even let me beat you at a round when we are all together again in Paradise.
Bruce and Donna Mullins
Sep 18, 2019
I also met Art on the golf course at SSS. Our hearts go out to Sue and the rest of the family.
Norm and carol nelson
Sep 18, 2019
Instant and forever friendship and love when we met on the SSS COUNTRY CLUB golf course in Florida.
Best friends, good times .
Patricia Bristow
Sep 18, 2019
What I remember about Art is the many scrambles we played in and he was always so encouraging. And what a putter.
My condolences to your family.