MANSFIELD — Don Johnson, 80, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Samaritan Health Systems.
Born Jan. 25, 1931, in Mount Vernon, he was the son of the late Clyde and Martha (Carpenter) Johnson. He worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass prior to serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Don had a way with people and received great joy during his career as a State Highway Patrol officer for 24 years. After his retirement from the Highway Patrol, he became a Juvenile Probation Officer/Court Administrator. A down-to-earth, simple man, he was devoted to his family and treasured the memories made with his children and grandchildren. Don enjoyed working in the yard and woodworking, creating many unique bird houses. He enjoyed walking and biking on numerous bike paths.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean (Lepley) Johnson; son, Stephen Clare Johnson; daughters, Jill (Dwight) Walker and Julie (Steve) Uhler; grandchildren, Cody and Carrie Uhler; a brother, Roger (Betty) Johnson of Colorado; a sister, Eileen Faucett of Mount Vernon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Clements.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. The Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of Mr. Johnson. Online guest registry at http://www.wappner.com.
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