Harold Johnson


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Harold Wade Johnson passed away at home on Jan. 29, 2019. He was 83.

Harold was born on May 24, 1935 in Pontiac. After graduating from Pontiac Central High School, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy McClure, on Aug. 13, 1956.

He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer from 1954 to 1956.

Harold’s working career was spent at the General Motors Pontiac Plant. After numerous promotions over 30 years, he retired at the age of 49½ as a superintendent of quality control at the Central Foundry in Pontiac. He was a lifetime member of the Lake Orion Masonic Lodge and a Worthy Patron of the Lake Orion (Oxford) Eastern Star for several years. He also belonged to the American Legion organization.

Harold was an avid photographer and traveler. His children have fond memories of the family vacations they took together every year. He left the family a great legacy by photographing every minute of his growing family and adventures. Harold had an awesome sense of humor, always joking and having fun. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, laughing and playing games. His grandchildren remember playing poker with grandpa and exploring the outdoors with him all summer.

When his wife retired from the Oxford school district in 1991, they sold the family home in Oxford and became “snow birds.” Half the year was spent at their home in Grayling and the other half in an RV park in Sebring, FL. In 2016, they finally settled by his daughter’s family in Columbia, TN.

He was preceded in death by his father Samuel T. Johnson, mother Regina Gilliam Johnson, son Steven Johnson, sister Benita Johnson Buell, and brother David Johnson.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-three years, Nancy Johnson, sister Ruth (Glen) Barksdale, daughter Debra Rehs, son Jerry Johnson, grandchildren Sara Rehs, Lisa Rehs, Justen (Haley) Johnson and Grace Johnson, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is being arranged by the family for the spring/summer of 2019. Williams Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at williamsfh.com.

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