Walter Johannsen

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Walter Dale Johannsen, 92, of Swansea, IL, born December 17, 1927, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Aviston Countryside Manor, Aviston, IL.

Walter was a mechanical draftsman who retired from Granite City Steel.  Mr. Johannsen loved woodworking and refinishing furniture.  Walter enjoyed staying active by playing golf, bowling, tennis, and cards.  He also loved to go camping.  He was a United States Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by a son, Eric Stephan Johannsen; his parents, Walter and Rena, nee Homme, Johannsen; and a brother, Wayne B. (Marie) Johannsen.

Surviving are his loving wife of almost 70 years, Doris J. nee Fallon, Johannsen, whom he married August 26, 1950;
two daughters, Linda Karin (Kenneth) Darr and Kristine Elizabeth (Don) Schneider;
a daughter-in-law, Kathy Jo Johannsen;
eight grandchildren, Kimberley (Loren) Cook, Amy (Christopher) Koudelka, Kristopher (Kristen) Darr, Julie (Dave) Irby, Kevin (Jen) Darr, Kyle Darr, Lindsay (Gary) Craig, and Elise Hassall;
16 great-grandchildren, Sydney, Shelby, and Sarah Cook, Kenzie and Cooper Koudelka, Ean and Emmie Darr, Paige Irby, Patrick Donohue, Kevin, Harrison, and Lucas Darr, Rae Ellen, Dean, and Walter Craig, and Ayva Morrill;
and a niece, Barbara Kendell.

The Johannsen family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff on the memory unit at Cedar Trails and Hospice of Southern Illinois for the wonderful care they gave Walter.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: According to Walter’s wishes, cremation services were held.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.


4 Comments on Walter Johannsen

Roger Duff said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2020 at 9:09 PM

My heart goes out to Walter's family. He was a fine man and a great neighbor. You will be remembered in my prayers.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
John and Jackie Lauf said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2020 at 9:01 AM

Prayers go up to our God to send comfort and peace to your family at this time. May he Rest In Peace Amen so sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Millie snd Jerry Koudelka said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2020 at 7:51 AM

Papa Joe was one of our favorite people. He and Doris are wonderful people. Prayers for the family.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Cynthia South said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2020 at 5:06 AM

Uncle Joe will always be in my heart, and my memories of him will always out a smile on my face. I can hear his loving voice right now. My heart aches for his family, especially Aunt Doris, but I know he is at peace now. I send my love and hugs.

  • Aiken
  • SC

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