C. R. “Dick” Johnessee, 85, of Hannibal, died at 11:25 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo.


C. R. “Dick” Johnessee, 85, of Hannibal, died at 11:25 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the Grand View Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Gregg Koelliker will officiate. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 and the Hannibal Memorial V.F.W. No. 11241, will follow at the Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.
Visitation will be Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Grand View Funeral Home in Hannibal.
Mr. Johnessee was born on June 9, 1924, in Greenfield, Ill., the son of Orvin Johnessee and Mabel Rebecca Wilton Johnessee. He married Shirley M. Kenner on Oct. 22, 1950, in Beardstown, Ill., and she preceded him in death on Aug. 23, 2009.
He is survived by his son, Wally (Carol) Johnessee of St. Louis, Mo.; his daughters, Marilyn (Dan) Greer of Rockford, Ill., and Linda Johnessee of Centralia, Mo.; and his granddaughter, Carrie Hartinger of Rockford, Ill.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Nelson Johnessee.
Mr. Johnessee served as radioman in the United States Navy during World War II. He worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for more than 41 years, retiring in 1983 as a train dispatcher. He was a member of the Arch United Methodist Church in Hannibal, and he was also a mason. He was a very active member at the Hannibal YMCA. He also helped with swim meets by volunteering to time the heats.
He had several hobbies that were mostly involved in woodworking. He enjoyed fixing antique clocks and building them from scratch, and was affectionately known around the area as “Mr. Clock.” He built each of his children grandmother clocks which now sit proudly in each of their homes.
Memorials may be made to the Hannibal YMCA in care of Grand View Funeral Home.