Eddie Dean Janszen, 73, of rural Toluca, IL died at 9:19 am Thursday, May 23, 2019 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria with his family by his side.
Eddie was born on November 2, 1945 in Peoria to Ben A. Sr. and Dorothy E. McWilliams Johnson. He married Carol A. O’Conner on November 5, 1966 in Peoria Heights; she survives.
Also surviving are 2 children, Laura (Woody) Woodruff of Peoria Heights and Christopher (Lisa) Janszen of Washington; sister, Sharon Belfield of Peoria; brother, Larry (Jeannie) Johnson of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Jared (Elizabeth Young) Woodruff, Maryn Janszen, and Benjamin Janszen. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ben Johnson.
Eddie was a US Army veteran serving from 1966 to 1968. He served in Kitzingen, Germany.
Eddie worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for over 42 years. He last worked at the Caterpillar Proving Grounds for 18 years as an experimental research mechanic, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the American Legion in Minonk, worked as a Tazewell County Auxiliary Deputy for nine years, and farmed in Toluca for twenty years. He will be remembered as a very kind-hearted man.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the funeral home. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Bartonville, where military rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, or American Cancer Society.