Glenn R. Johnson
December 18, 1918 ‒ January 09, 2013
BUTLER: Glenn R. Johnson of Butler, one of “America’s Greatest Generation” has fought his last battle and victory is won. The age of 94 seems too soon to give up our beloved husband, father, and grandfather. As we reflect back on his precious life he was a very loving and caring husband and father and was adored by his whole family, and his dog Wags.
The son of the late Charles and Clara Johnson, Glenn was born December 18, 1918 in Nashville, Ohio and attended school in Lakeville. He married Phyllis Spohn on November 24, 1945 and they shared 67 wonderful years together as residents of Butler where they raised two sons and a daughter on the family farm. Glenn cherished his family and provided well for their comfort and care.
Glenn was a proud veteran of WWII. He was inducted into the Army in July of 1941 and did not return home until July 14, 1945. He served as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic with the 65th Armored Field Artillery Battalion which was known as the “Thunderbolt Battalion” and they lived up to expectations. He served 844 days overseas, 442 days in combat areas, 406 of those days on the front lines and his unit fired 150,916 rounds of artillery ammunition. He was awarded the Europe, Africa, and Middle East Service Medal along with the Bronze Arrowhead for participating in the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day at Utah Beach in the second wave of the assault which was only thirty minutes after the initial landings. At the time of his discharge Glenn had received seven battle stars and had just recently received his Purple Heart for wounds received during the D-Day Invasion. Some of the battles he participated in were the Battle of El Guettar in Tunisia, The Invasion of Sicily, D-Day, The Battle of St. Lo, and The Battle of the Bulge. His Unit was chosen to fire the Victory Salute with the Russians and to be the Honor Guard at the headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower after the war’s end.
Glenn worked at Westinghouse as a Laundromat Repairman and retired after 39 years in 1980. Glenn and Phyllis also owned and operated Johnson TV and Appliance in Butler from 1953 until 1959 selling and fixing local resident’s televisions and other appliances. Glenn and Phyllis then started Johnson Electronics in 1966 and finally retired again in 2001. Glenn was also a farmer and loved his farm. He was a busy man working in his garden, plowing fields, cutting firewood, and doing his chores. He lived a long life because he always kept busy ‘till the last few years and lived a good life. Glenn was a member of Three Crosses United Methodist Church, The American Legion, and the DAV.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Phyllis and their three children. Gary (Carolyn) Johnson of Ashland, Randall (Karen) Johnson of Butler and Kathleene (Michael) Wurth also of Butler, grandchildren, Jammie Johnson and her fiancé Pablo Zamora, Julie (Nate) Keipper, Gary, Jr. (Melissa) Johnson, Nina Johnson, Sam Bradford, Jon (Gaby) Bradford, Dan (Shannon) Bradford, Ed Johnson, Cindy (Kerry) Ward, Michelle (Ron) Crawford, Betty Johnson, Rob Johnson, Michelle (Dave) Bolles, Joseph Wurth, Hazel (Joseph) Williams, Ashley Wurth, and Andrew Wurth. He is also survived by thirty eight great grandchildren and twelve great great grandchildren, one brother Robert (Jean) Johnson of Amarillo Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Pearl and her husband Clayton Korns, two brothers, Harold and his wife Myrna, Tom and his wife Grace, three grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter.
Friends may call Monday, January 14, 2013 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service honoring the life of Glenn R. Johnson will be held Tuesday morning at 11 am in Three Crosses United Methodist Church. Pastors Jon Priebe and Ken Kinley will officiate and burial with military honors conducted by Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Clear Fork-Butler Senior Citizens Center or the Worthington Township Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.
Online condolences to the Johnson family are encouraged at:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.