Jerry Lee Johnson

Born: Thu., Dec. 15, 1949
Died: Sat., Oct. 1, 2016


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 07, 2016
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Sat., Oct. 08, 2016
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 08, 2016
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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 Jerry L. Johnson

Dec. 15, 1949 - Oct. 1, 2016

SOUTH BEND - Jerry Lee Johnson, 66, of South Bend died Saturday, October 1st in his residence following a lengthy illness. Jerry was born in Bippus, IN to the late Maxine (Beeson) and Oris Johnson and had lived in South Bend most of his life. On October 14, 1989 in South Bend he married Ruth E. (Goodman) Johnson who survives. He is also survived by his siblings, Sharon Taylor (Joel) of Redkey, IN and Larry Johnson (Jill) of Nicholasville, KY; and by 5 nieces, 4 great-nieces, 2 great-nephews, and close cousins, Pam Besser and Mike Flesher.

Jerry was a graduate of Monroe Central High, and of Indiana University, Bloomington. He retired in 2014 from the Saint Joseph County Adult Probation Department after 40 years of service, 31 years as Chief. He loved his family, enjoyed sports and computers, and had a big heart for small animals, especially those forgotten by others. He received great strength from his renewed relationship with Jesus Christ. He will be missed for his generosity, his bravery, and his sense of humor.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 8th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. with his sister, Sharon Taylor officiating. Committal services and burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Parker City, IN. The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. on Friday, October 7th and one hour prior to the service on Saturday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jerry's memory to World Missionary Press, New Paris, IN ( ), or to Hope Ministries of South Bend ( ). Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Jerry's memory to the following organizations:

Hope Ministries
532 S. Michigan, South Bend, Indiana

World Missionary Press
New Paris, IN

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Pam Besser
   Posted Tue October 04, 2016
During our childhood Jerry and Larry and my brother Mike were very close. He was more like a brother to me than a 1st cousin. I loved him dearly. We played lots of board games during the winter months, Perry Mason was one of our favorites. We played baseball, basketball and football during the warm months. Roy Rogers was our Saturday movie pick! At one point he loved entertaining me with his magic tricks. Aunt Maxine would take us to town in Parker where we would buy ice cream or candy. She spoiled us! Loved my childhood memories with my cousin! I will forever love you Jerry! Ruth my heart goes out to you. Many prayers for you. I thank you for being such a wonderful wife/mate for Jerry. He was blessed!

Kathi Thompson
   Posted Tue October 04, 2016
Ruth - I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I know we have been out of touch for a long time, but it saddens me to know he was ill for so long and I did not come to visit. My prayers are with you, your family and Jerry's family.

Greg and Linda Cress
   Posted Wed October 05, 2016
We are so sorry, Ruth, that Jerry has left us for now. We have many great memories. Jerry and Greg and the student rental business was an adventure for sure. We remember roofing Jerry's house the ensuing party as well as numerous other gatherings. Jerry was a gentle soul and is with the Lord now for eternity. God Bless you.