Lewis Ward Johnson

Born: Thu., Apr. 5, 1923
Died: Tue., Aug. 7, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 09, 2012
Location: N. William St. Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 10, 2012
Location: N. William St. Location

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Lewis W. Johnson

April 5, 1923 – August 7, 2012



Lewis Ward Johnson, 89, died on August 7, 2012 at Healthwin Specialized Care, following a long illness. He was born April 5, 1923 in South Bend, Indiana to Walter and Ethel (McCormick) Johnson. He graduated from high school in South Bend, and completed the Trade School. He served in the U. S. Navy in WWII, and was stationed in New York, New Jersey, and Staten Island as a Machinist Mate and chauffeur. He worked for 42 years at South Bend Tool and Die as a Journeyman precision grinder operator. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He was always interested in aviation, as he made many parts for several aircraft corporations. He enjoyed working on various projects, including converting two school buses into motor homes. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and were members of the Michigan Knights Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association and Converted Coach Owners. He could always be found in the evenings and on weekends tinkering in the garage. He hunted deer in Canada and in Colorado, vacationed for many years in Florida, and was a former member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. He enjoyed eating breakfast with friends nearly every day at Angelo’s until ill health prevented his participation.

On June 15, 1947, he married Betty Jane Hazen, who preceded him in death in 2004.

Lewis is survived by two sons, Gary (wife Kathy) of South Bend, and Scott of Mishawaka; and a daughter, Terri (husband Marion) Townsend of Muncie. He is also survived by six granddaughters: Kristen Wahlstrom of Buchanan, MI, Kimberly Johnson of Niles, MI, Renee Throne of York, PA, Kandyce Webster of Wichita, KS, Jennifer Arnold of Portland, OR, and Carly Townsend of Muncie (with the U.S. Army in Germany); and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Lewis was preceded in death by his brother Donald E. Johnson, and one son, Donald Ward Johnson.

Calling hours will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm today, August 9th in Welsheimer Funeral Home, 521 N. William St. Services will be on Friday, August 10th at 11:00 in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

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