Allen L. “Dewroy” Johnson

February 08, 1941 ‒ June 13, 2020

Galion, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Allen L. “Dewroy” Johnson, age 79, of Galion, died on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family.  He fought the fight and lost the battle to heart failure.

On February 8, 1941, Allen was born in Marion, Ohio, the youngest of seven children of the late Donald H. and Evas L. (Jenkins) Johnson.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1959.  He furthered his education, taking business classes at Bliss College in Mansfield.

Growing up in Marion, Allen found the love of his life, Judith Ferriman, when he was only 13 years old.  They became high school sweethearts, and from there the rest was history.  They were married on September 9, 1962, and have cherished their 57 years of marriage.

In 1965, Allen was drafted to serve his beloved country in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He was honorably discharged in 1968.

Upon returning home from Vietnam, Dewroy returned to work at General Motors, where he worked as a welder maintenance repairman.  After 32 ½ years, he retired in 1997.

For many years, Allen and Judy enjoyed being a part of the Heart of Ohio Corvette Club.  He also was a member of the VFW Post 2920 in Crestline, a life member of the Marion Moose Lodge 889, a member of the AmVets Post 1979, and American Legion Post 243 in Galion.

Dewroy enjoyed attending the monthly Harding HS Class of ’59 breakfast meetings, along with the weekly Corn Hole gatherings, where he was consistently the “CHAMPION”.

An avid golfer and fisherman, Dewroy enjoyed weekly golf outings with his buddies from GM.  He especially enjoyed taking his boat to Lake Erie and going fishing with his best friend, Ron Fuson.

Dewroy was the go to guy if you needed anything built, fixed or installed.  He enjoyed helping others and would always help when asked.

As a devoted, loving father and grandfather, he along with his wife, Judy, attended all school and sporting events for the children and grandchildren.

Dewroy’s personality and orneriness always had you on the lookout for him.  And he loved the sneak-up attack of the “Gizzie Bone.”

He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Judy Johnson of Galion; two children: David (Sarah) Johnson of Lexington, and Lori (Scott) Crawford of Clearwater, FL; three grandchildren: Emily and Ryan Johnson, and Reas Stevens; two siblings: Virginia Lee and Gary Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Allen was preceded in death by four siblings: Mabel Ulery, and Howard, Donald and James Johnson.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life and service will also be held there at 11 am on Friday.  Burial with military honors will following Price Cemetery in Essex.

Memorial contributions may be made to Capital City Hospice’s end of life care fund,

On behalf of his family, they would like extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to everyone at Capital City Hospice for their tender care of Allen in his final days.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Dewroy’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Dewroy was one in a million!!! Know that I love each and every one of you and you are in my thoughts!!


  • Lori and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you lots of hugs. ❤️

    Darlene Romine and family

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I work with Dewroy for 36 years and golfed with him after retirement. You couldn’t ask for a nicer person to work with. He was a great friend and I will miss him. Prayers for his family

  • Dave,Sarah,Emily and Ryan

    Thoughts and Prayers going out to you and your family.

    Deepest Sympathy
    Jim,Tammy, Franklin and
    Hailey Hildebrand

    Judith , So sorry for your loss. Prayers going out to you.

  • David,Lori and families, my deepest condolences. Praying for comfort in this sad time. Sending my love and hugs!

  • I may have only met him once but I felt as if he was my grandpa. Especially from all the stories that Emily and Ryan told me. I am sorry for you loss he was a great man. Thoughts and prayers going out to your family.

  • I am so very sorry for the loss to those of the beloved Johnson family. I am a friend of his daughter Lori. She must have gotten all of those wonderful qualities from her Dad. She too is a lovely person just like him.

  • I’m sorry aunt Judy , David Lori . I didn’t get to see and you very much but I love you all

  • Lori and family,
    Such good memories of your parents being a special part of our school years, and your Dad always being the cool Dad with the awesome Corvette! I’m so sorry you are hurting; you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Your dad was one in a million! Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Mark, Beth, Sean and Drew Kuschner

  • Dear Judy and family,
    My thoughts are with you during this sad time of separation, I am thankful you had such a long time together. May the memories of all the good times stay with you. And thank you for being Class of ’59 through and through!
    Judy Van de Water Cottingham

  • So very sorry for the loss of your father. You & your family have my deepest sympathy .Memories will help you get through this😍

  • Judy, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and Dewroy are two people I admire and look up to! Always fun and ornery. Privileged to have gotten to work with Al. More fun than work though.

  • My deepest condolences to the Family of Allen Dewroy Johnson. He was a true friend. I enjoyed so much working with him at GM. I will always remember his orneryness and sense of humor. RIH Dew!

  • Dewroy richly impacted our lives from the day we met him on Honor Flight, where he doted about his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends. He was humble and kind and we immediately grew to love him. Thank you for sharing him with us. He will be deeply missed. Our warmest sympathy in your loss.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Continuing prayers and hugs for the entire family!

  • Dear family, You have our sympathy in the great loss in your family. Paul worked with Al at GM and always enjoyed knowing him…especially liked when he would come down on the farm to hunt ground hogs. Wishing they could have seen each other more and compared their Honor Flight experiences, Paul just went last October. We have you in our prayers. Sorry we were out of town during this time.

  • Deepest sympathy for your loss. Great Northmor memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.