Carlos Johnson (C.J.) Stilwell

Born: Sun., Mar. 30, 1924
Died: Fri., Aug. 7, 2020

Graveside Service

2:30 PM Sat., Aug. 15, 2020
Location: Calvary Cemetery

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Carlos Johnson (C. J.) Stilwell, 96, of Pittsfield, Illinois, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, at the home of his daughter.  He was born on March 30, 1924 in Detroit Township to Carlos A. and Jenny Ellen Johnson Stilwell.  He married Gwendolyn Davis on June 1, 1947, in Pittsfield, IL, and she preceded him in death on January 10, 2010.  In January, 2015, he married Shirley J. DeWitt Myers in Pittsfield, and she survives.

Johnson graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1942 and attended Western Illinois State University for one year before enlisting in the U. S. Army.  Upon discharge from the Army, he returned home to Detroit to join the trucking business his father had started in 1926.  In 1966, Johnson took the business over from his father and successfully expanded it to serve customers in 17 states across the Midwest.  Besides Stilwell Trucking Company, Johnson also owned and managed grain elevators in New Canton and Scott County, Illinois.  In addition, he and Don Roseberry co-owned R & S Oil Company and the related Phillips 66 distribution activities until Don’s unexpected death in 1986.

In 1984, Johnson sold his family trucking business to Econ Express (now Dyno-Nobel), an explosives company, and managed their transportation operations for seven years.  He fully retired in 1991.  

Johnson was also very active in working to improve his community and the region.  In 1954, he and three other Jaycees (Jean Casteel, Ab Ransom, and Gene Wilder) helped found the Pittsfield Little League, which has grown into the Pike County Little League.  In addition, he was a faithful, life-long member of the Detroit Christian Church, where he served as the Sunday School superintendent for 34 years.  Johnson was a key member of AMPS, the Adams-Morgan-Pike-Scott Highway Promotion Group, which successfully advocated for the construction of Interstate 72 across west-central Illinois and the I-72 Twin Bridges across the Illinois River at Valley City.  Johnson also served on the boards of both the First National Bank and the Farmer’s National Bank and was a member of the Pikeland Unit 10 school board.  He was also an active member of the Pittsfield Rotary Club for over 45 years and the Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years.

In addition to his wife, Johnson is survived by his daughter Margaret (William) Durall of Pittsfield, granddaughter Christina (Richard) Miskho of Maple Valley, WA, grandson Brian Durall of Olivette, MO, great grandson David Miskho, nephew Gene (Sandy) Stilwell of Perry, GA, niece Sandra Coble of Las Vegas, NM, stepdaughter Linda (Marion) Jones of Pittsfield, step grandchildren Anessa Chaplin, Aaron Adams, and Amanda Robinson, and seventeen step great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, Johnson was preceded in death by his brother Paul and his sister-in-law Lola Stilwell, as well as stepson Eugene Myers.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 2:30 PM at Calvary Cemetery in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Detroit Christian Church or Calvary Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Carlos Johnson (C.J.)'s memory to the following organizations:

Calvary Cemetery

Detroit Christian Church

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Carol Gregson
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
Shirley, so very sorry for your loss, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

David K Dodd
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
Peggy and Bill, I am very sorry to hear about Johnson's death. When I remember my own parents and their friends, I picture Gwen and Johnnie alongside them.

Phillip & Lena Borrowman
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
Peggy and Bill, Sorry to learn about Johnson. He was / still is well respected gentleman. I know my family thought very highly of him. Hope you can always remember the good times with him.

Leecia Hillebrenner
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
Johnson and I served on the board of the Pike County Chamber. If you needed something done, all you had to do was ask Johnson Stilwell. He always greeted you with a friendly smile and was ready to work. I respect him very much and my deepest sympathies to his family. He was one of the good guys! He will be missed!

Jack & Kathy Hull
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
Johnson was a true supporter of the Pittsfield Pike County Little League and Illini Community Hospital. Our family will be forever grateful to Johnson and his family, Shirley, and Peggy and Bill Durall. Every time we were blessed to run into Johnson, he complimented and encouraged each of us to keep growing the two. Johnson loved this area and we consider him our biggest cheeeader. No finer man have we ever known. His "first pitch" before out state tournament hosting will live in our hearts forever. We celebrate his homecoming but grieve for the loss of Johnson selfishly. Our prayers of peace and the best memories for all of you.

Jack & Kathy

Janeen Winchell
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
Sorry to hear this. I will miss seeing Mr Stillwell at church

Marilyn Chamberlain Paula and Craig McLaughlin
   Posted Mon August 10, 2020
So sorry to hear of Johnson’s death. Always enjoyed visiting with him at church
Mom will miss seeing him
Love and prayers for your family
Paula (Chamberlain) McLaughlin

   Posted Tue August 11, 2020
Sorry to hear about Johnson, he always worked to improve pike county, and was a good friend.

Susan Little
   Posted Tue August 11, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, Aunt Shirley, but am very glad you and John enjoyed years together.

Loretta Grote
   Posted Tue August 11, 2020
Peggy and Bill,

Steve and I are so very sorry to read of your loss. You both were such caring, devoted caregivers for your father these past years. He was fortunate to be surrounded with such love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have our deepest sympathy.

Ansar and Shehnaz Ansari
   Posted Wed August 12, 2020
Peggy and Bill, so sorry to hear of your loss. We enjoyed visiting with Johnson when he was our neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Ansar & Shehnaz Ansari
   Posted Wed August 12, 2020
Shirley, so sorry to hear that Johnson passed away. Hope that the happy memories you shared will help ease your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen J. Johnston Schneider
   Posted Wed August 12, 2020
Prayers and sympathy to the family on behalf of my father C. Dean Johnston.

Edee Chamberlain Hermens
   Posted Thu August 13, 2020
Peggy and Bill God Bless you and your family. Shirley I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your beloved husband. He was a good man.

Kathy Hull
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020
Shirley, Peggy, Bill & family-
I hope you know how special Johnson was to me. He always encouraged and supported my journey at Illini. He was just a fine man and I am better for the opportunity to call him friend. Prayers & condolences for you all.


Susan Dodd
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
Johnson was so kind and such a positive force for Pike County and for all of us. When duck season comes around Denny always has many, many stories to tell of Johnny, Keith, and Clay duck hunting.
Peggy, Bill and family we are so sorry for your loss.
Susan and Denny Dodd and family

Mike Perrine
   Posted Tue August 18, 2020
I'm very sorry to read of Johnsons death in the Pike County Express. I've known him for many years, and we worked together on a possible business venture several years ago. I also valued his advice and respected him highly. I'm sorry that I really don't know his family but want to send my sincere condolences to them.

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