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RUSSELL A. "RUSTY" "RUSS" JOHNSON, 93, of Wabash, Ind., passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4 a.m., at Well brooke of Wabash. Born on May 4, 1921, in Millers burg, Mich., he was a son of the late Rex and Alta (AcMoody) Johnson. Russell served his country in the United States Navy, during World War II. He married Arleava M. Snapp on May 5, 1943. She passed away on April 24, 2006. Russell began his work life at Rock Wool of Wabash, Ind. He also worked as a millwright for Container Corporation, a carpenter for J.W. Lewis, owner of Johnson Builders, all of Wabash. He was an avid beekeeper, and a tomato farmer. Russell was a member of the Wabash Christian Church in Wabash, Ind., and served as a Deacon and Board Member. Also, he was a member of American Legion Post 15, the Bow-Hunters Association, the Indiana Beekeepers Association, and a chartered member of the BPOE 471 Wabash Elks Lodge, all of Wabash. Russell was a nature lover, mushroom hunter, and really enjoyed hunting, trapping, and fishing. He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Johnson-Smith, of New Haven; two grandchildren, Serena Smith, M.D. of Grand Junction, Colo. and Michael Barcher of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two great- grandchildren, Shawn Michael Cory and Matthew Russell Cory. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Louis, Eugene and Harold Johnson, and three sisters, Doretha, Margurite and Vivian; and a great-grandson, Zachary Smith. A Celebration of Life is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash (IN 46992), with visitation for family and friends from 1 to 2 p.m. The Rev. Melinda Kammerer officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to Community Foundation of Wabash County, 218 E. Main St., North Manchester, IN 46962, Notation: Russell and Arleava Johnson Memorial Endowment. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 3, 2014
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