Francis “Hup” Johnson, 88, of Hoopeston, formerly of Danville, Ill., passed peacefully Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston.
He was born April 4, 1930, in Hope, Ill., to Harry and Hulie Johnson.
He married Fern McElwain on November 16, 1953. She preceded him in death December 15, 2017, after 64 years of marriage.
Hup was loved and will be mourned by daughters, Debra (Dennis) Coakley of Saint Joseph, Ill., and Susan (Bob) Goodrum of Hoopeston; six grandchildren, Jaime (Louis), Brett (Michelle), Brian (Jessica), Ashley (Jake), Ryan (Lindsay) and Clay; three step-grandchildren, Aaron (Amanda), Michelle (Ryan) and Bryton (Melanie); four great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, Claudie Johnson of Williamsport, Ind.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
Hup retired from Shur-Gain Feeds in 1995 after 42 years of service. His nickname was given to him based on the fact that he was born in a Hup-mobile on a country road near Hope, Ill. He loved country music and was well known for sounding like Ernest Tubb.
The daughters of Hup would like to thank everyone at Heritage Health of Hoopeston for all the care and support shown to our family.
A private family service will be held.
Memorials may be made to Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living, 423 N. Dixie Highway, Hoopeston, IL 60942. Please visit to view Francis’ eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.

View Original NoticeJOHNSON, Francis 'Hup' Apr 4, 1930 - Mar 12, 2019