MARQUETTE, MI. - Edward J. Johnson, age 84, a resident of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, entered eternal life, Wednesday morning, October 30, 2013.
Born April 4, 1929, in Newberry, a son of Carl and Clara (Parent) Johnson, Ed was raised in Newberry and was a member of the Newberry High School graduating Class of 1947. He enlisted in the US Army, serving his country from 1949 to 1951 during the beginning of America's involvement in the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge, he was employed at the Michigan State Police Post in Marquette after which he owned and operated Johnson's Standard Service Station. He later went to work for Payne and Dolan Paving as a truck driver and later as a foreman. At the time of the opening of the Tilden Mine, Ed was employed as a white card electrician. During these employments, Ed also owned his own equipment doing trucking and excavating work. When not busy with work, Ed could be found enjoying his favorite pastimes of hunting, fishing, and all the great outdoors had to offer.
Survivors include his daughter, Julie (David) Rosin of New Port Richey, FL; his three sons, Thomas (Julie) Johnson of Marquette, Rick Johnson of Rifle, CO, and Michael (Lynne) Johnson of Marquette; seven grandchildren, Kelly Derry, Jamie and Jennifer Johnson, Ricky Johnson, Joshua, Zachary and Jacob Johnson; his sister, Joyce Seaman of Sault Ste Marie; his brother, Charlie (Rose) Johnson of Newberry; his former wife, Rosemary Libby of Iron Mountain; and a special family friend, Marcy Johnson of Marquette. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard "Dickie" Johnson.
Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 11:00 am until the time of service at 12:00 noon. Rev. Ben Paris will officiate. Veteran's honors will be accorded by members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 380. A reception will follow in the reception area located at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or to the Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activity Fund.
Condolences may expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com