William 'Porter Bill' Johnson

Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 6:50 pm
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William Edward "Porter Bill" Johnson, 69, of Kewanee, died Feb. 11, 2013.
Friends will gather from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Mark's Tap, Kewanee.
He was born Nov. 17, 1943, in Kewanee.
Surviving are his wife, Wynne Harper Johnson; daughters, Denise (Greg) Berlin, Summerfield, Fla., Heidi (Prioleau) Alexander, Charleston, S.C., and Wendy (Tim) Goodrum, Princeton, Ill.; grandchildren, Joshua, Mallory, Mason and Ava; four great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Rensink, Temecula, Calif.; and brother, Charles Jr., Kewanee.


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1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
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