The Life of Thomas G. Johnson

Funeral services for Thomas G. Johnson, 89, of Kirtland, will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 Elder Steven E. Davidson of the Kirtland Community of Christ and Pastor Thomas Chapman of Grand River Community Chapel will co-officiate the service. Mr. Johnson passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Mentor-Way Care Center. Born Dec. 23, 1922, in Geneva, he had lived in Kirtland for the past 60 years. Mr. Johnson served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and was later recalled to serve in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, as a C-54 pilot. He was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant June 7, 1952. He was a charter member of the Kirtland Kiwanis Club for 52 years, served as a volunteer fireman in Kirtland for 25 years, enjoyed playing pool at the Kirtland Senior Citizens Center and traveling with the John Roberts group. He also enjoyed mowing his grass and restoring antique cars with his son. Mr. Johnson was employed in quality control at the former Chase Brass and Copper Company in Euclid for 30 years, and then worked in maintenance for the Kirtland Local Schools for 15 years, retiring in 1988. Survivors are his wife of 67 years, AuVergne C. (Chapman) Johnson; son, William (Deborah) Johnson of Kirtland; daughters, Karen (Richard) Yukl of Mentor and Sheryle (Tony) Augusta of Willoughby; grandchildren, John (Stacey) Johnson, Shawnna (Brian) Thomas, Anthony (Shannon) Augusta, Renee (Joshua) Healan; great- grandchildren, Madison, Morgan, Cierra, Haley, Olivia, Juliana, Justin and Kelly; and brothers, Robert Johnson of Mentor and Donald (Wilma) Johnson of Wellsboro, Pa. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and their families. His parents, Joakim and Elizabeth (Stanton) Johnson; and brothers, Joakim, Harold and William Johnson are deceased. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday (today), Sept. 27, 2012, at the funeral home. Final resting place will be in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens, Chester Township. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to The Kirtland Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, c/o Don Seaburn, 36625 Vine St., Willoughby, OH 44094.

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