Larne L. "Lester" Johnson, age 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, May 20, 2015 at his residence in Martinsville.
Lester was born in Cleveland, VA on January 7, 1926 to his parents, the late Sim and Mary (Ball) Johnson. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army serving as a Private First Class with the Company F 254th Infantry Regt 63rd Division. Lester earned two Bronze Service Stars and was awarded a Purple Heart while serving in the European Theater during World War II.
Prior to the war, he married Norma P. (Moore) Johnson on May 24, 1947 in Fairfax, VA. She preceded him in death on August 24, 1997 after 50 devoted years of marriage. Lester is survived by his children: Steve Johnson of Brown County, Teresa (Don) Davis of Whiteland and Michael (Teresa) Johnson of Ohio; brother: Berlie Johnson of Martinsville. He will be remembered by his 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Lester was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; sons: Larry and Donald Johnson; siblings: Walter, Carl, Willard, James and Jack Johnson, Hazel Powers, Beulah Sutherland and Lois Kiser.
He retired in 1983 from WABCO Construction and Mining Equipment Company in Indianapolis after 32 years of service. Lester was a member of the Conservation Club in Morgantown where he served as a past president. He enjoyed mushroom and ginseng hunting, traveling with his family and visiting the casino. Lester was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Pacers and watching western movies.
The Rev. Larry McAdams will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood with Military GravesideRites.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Lester to the Camp Van Dorn WWII Museum, 138 East Main St. Centerville, MS 39631.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Johnson family at www.meredith-clark.com . Information: 812-597-4670