Johnny Eugene Harmon
Johnny Eugene Harmon
  • August 1, 1947 - July 25, 2015
  • Manito, Illinois

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Johnny Eugene Harmon, of Springlake, lost his courageous struggle against COPD at 3:35 pm Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria, one week before his 68th birthday.
Johnny was born August 1, 1947 in Pekin, Illinois to John J. and June (Gray) Harmon. He is survived by his life partner of 15 years, Sheila Wright of Springlake; his mother, June Harmon of Manito; his sister, Patricia (David) Pfeiffer of Chiefland, Florida and his son, John Eric Harmon of Stuttgart, Germany.
He was preceded in death by his father John and younger sister, Carol.
Johnny was a 1965 graduate of Pekin Community High School. In August , 1966 he enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, serving until August 1969. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
While working full time at Caterpillar, he attended Illinois Central College, earning his Associate Degree in 1972.
Having honed his sales skills as a youth while selling Christmas cards and honey door to door, delivering newspapers, and raising and selling fishing worms, Johnny embarked on a sales career working for New York Life Insurance, Ingersoll Building Supply and Triple A Marketing. During this phase of his life, Johnny was a member of the Peoria Jaycees, serving on the executive board, he reached the position of Vice President and was named Jaycee Man of the Year. Johnny was a founding force during the early years of the Peoria downtown 4th of July Fireworks Celebration which has evolved into Red, White and Boom.
Always ready for a new challenge, Johnny's love of the Cubs led him to owning and operating Johnny's Dug Out, a popular small town sports bar in Farmington, Illinois. When the bar was heavily damaged by a tornado ten years later, Johnny took on another challenge; operating Harmon Home Improvement with his father.
Johnny's life was not all work. He had many enjoyments; fishing, hunting, boating, bowling, playing pool and darts and gardening. But his greatest enjoyment was his Harley Boss Hog, which he and Sheila rode to the Sturgis, South Dakota Bike Rally. When his declining health slowed him down, he took great pleasure from his daily newspapers, cooking, following his teams, the Cubs, Bears and Bulls, and spending time with his grandson, Cory Wright.
Johnny was a longtime member of the Peoria Sportsman's Club, Abate of Illinois and the Moose Lodge.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 Thursday, July, 30, 2015 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin. The Rev. Bill Appleyard-Pekich, who comforted Johnny during his final months, will officiate. Military honors and burial will follow at Spring Lake Cemetery, near Manito. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Wednesday, July 29th and one half hour prior to the funeral on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Second Reformed Church in Pekin.