Edmund R. Johnson Sr.
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Edmund R. Johnson Sr.
and graduated from Washington High School in 1949. He worked at the B&O Railroad until he entered the United States Air Force in January 1951. He married Mary Catherine (Katie) Wonder on Nov. 10, 1951, at St. Simon's Rectory. They dated all through high school. He had a tour of duty in Korea from December 1951-December 1952. He was then stationed at Westover Air Force Base (Massachusetts), Dover Air Force Base (Delaware), and Selfridge Air Force Base (Michigan). Daughter Patti was born in 1953 and son Ed Jr. in 1956. In 1962 the family had a three-year tour of duty at Wheelus Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya, returning to the United States in 1965 to then be stationed at MacDill Air Force Base (Tampa, Florida). Ed was sent to Vietnam from 1968-1969. He retired in 1971 after 20 years in the
Air Force and then worked as a sales representative for Alert Air Conditioning and Heating in Tampa, from which he retired in 1992. In 2000 Ed and Katie built a home in Washington, Indiana, where they lived six months of the year with the remainder in Tampa. They retired fully to Washington after Katie's health became too bad and Ed played the role of caregiver. It is their hometown and brought back lots of memories from their school days. He is survived by his daughter Patti and husband Jim Rhodes of
Lake Lure, North Carolina; son Ed and wife Wanda of Tampa; granddaughter Gwyn Rhodes of Tallahassee; granddaughter Michele and husband Matt Miller of Tampa; granddaughter Ashley Catrett of Temple Terrace, Florida; great-grandchildren Adrianne and Austin Catrett of Temple Terrace; sisters-in-law Dottie Stellings, Patty Hopewell and Mary Gene Johnson, all of Washington; and many special
nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his wife Katie; parents Leo and Helen Johnson; sister
Eleanor Dial; and brothers Bob and Cork (Leo Jr.). Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Gill
Funeral Home, 308 E. Walnut St., Washington, Indiana, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., with Miss Yvonne Evans officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Washington, Indiana, with military honors presented at graveside. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Cemetery, Veale Creek Cemetery, and Oak Grove Cemetery (all in Washington, Indiana) and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care (Tampa, Florida).
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