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1948 Glenn 2022

Glenn Johnson

May 26, 1948 — January 15, 2022

Glenn Johnson was born to the union of Ray William Johnson, Sr. and Lottie Mae (Hurn) Johnson, May 26, 1948. He was the 8th child of 13, born in Cairo, IL.

He attended Washington Grade School and later graduated from Sumner High School in Cairo, IL. As a youth, Glenn worked in the fields. As a young man he worked at A&P Stores, where he became a manager.

Glenn affectionately known as K-3-62, (Lt.) and K-3-14 (Captain),would eventually become employed with the Illinois Department of Corrections in 1973; Stateville as an officer/lieutenant, and Joliet Branch as a Deputy Warden from which he retired after 30 years.

He was revered in all his positions for his diligence, attitude and ability to get the job done. Major Johnson served during the "Gladiator Days" at Stateville. He could be found during any disturbance on the gallery with his officers securing a cell house, cuffing inmates and ensuring everyone's safety. He was a true leader, mentor and friend.

Glenn was a “gentle giant,” and was well respected by employees and inmates alike. He had several invitations to speak to congressmen and other government officials while in Springfield, IL, on how he ran the institution and received many awards and recognition for his achievements. He enjoyed watching sports and movies on television. In retirement, he worked as an election official and volunteered.

Glenn, age 73, passed away on January 15, 2022, following a long illness.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife Adriane Barber, daughter Ardis; sons Charles of Carbondale; Glenn Jr. of Chicago, IL; Glenn-IL; Sister-Mrs. Donzella (Dale) Sims- IN; Brothers-Billy, Wayne, Lloyd - IL; Ronnie (Karen)-MI; grandchildren, great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, too numerous to mention.

Glenn was proceeded in home going by his parents Ray and Lottie; son Reggie; sisters Betty, Sandra, Kay Francis and Linda; brothers Ray Jr., Calvert, and Jerome.

The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Saturday, January 29, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until time of Glenn's Celebration of Life service which will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road in Joliet. For those wishing to attend virtually, a livestream of the celebration will be made available at that time.

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Visitation

Saturday, January 29, 2022

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Tezak's Home to Celebrate Life

1211 Plainfield Road, Joliet, IL 60435

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Starts at 4:00 pm (Central time)

Tezak's Home to Celebrate Life

1211 Plainfield Road, Joliet, IL 60435

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