Raymond E. ” Gene” Johnson, 88, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, born December 31, 1930, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away February 20, 2019 at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Gene owned Belle-Mont Pharmacy. He was the past president (1963) of the Greater East St. Louis Pharmacists Association, the past president (1978-1980) of the Bi-County YMCA. He was a member of the Mortar and Pestle Society at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a member of the St. Clair County West Rotary Club for 47 years, and member of the East St. Louis Jaycees. He was a supporter as a Partner With Youth and a Lamplighter Society Member at the Gateway Region YMCA-O’Fallon Branch. He was the 2008 Lamplighter of the Year Recipient. For 60-plus years, he served as a deacon, elder, and trustee at the First United Presbyterian Church of East St. Louis, as well as a deacon and trustee at the First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville. Gene received the Service to Youth Award in 1981 from the Bi-County YMCA and the Century Club Recognition for 23 years of fundraising efforts. He was voted Outstanding Jaycee of the Year.
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Gene’s love of life, his family, and his faith were ever present through his work and community activities. Gene will forever and lovingly be remembered by all who knew him as a wonderful husband, father, and friend.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville or Gateway Region YMCA-O’Fallon Branch.
Funeral: Private funeral services were held at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, IL with Pastor Rob Dyer officiating. Internment was held at Mount Hope Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois.