Memorial Service For Rt. 66 Historian To Be Held Saturday

616525A historian and advocate for the preservation of Route 66 has died.

57-year-old Carl L. Johnson of Hillside, IL passed away early Wednesday morning at Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center.

According to his obituary, Johnson was passionate about researching Route 66 history and regularly contributed articles to Route 66 publications.  Johnson is credited with helping author the final designation of of Illinois Route 66 as a National Scenic Byway.

Geoff Ladd, president of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway said Friday he was saddened by the news of Johnson’s death. In a news release, Ladd said Johnson “provided very helpful information and data for our projects in our county and our state”.

A memorial service will be be held Saturday at noon at Springfield’s Butler Funeral Home.

Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

Click here for Carl L. Johnson’s obituary.

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