PAUL LAMBDEN, 92
Gainesville - Paul Lambden Johnson, age 92, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at home after a brief illness.
He was born April 1, 1921, in Indiana, and adopted at age 2 by Dr. W.M. and Lida Johnson of Gainesville. Mr. Johnson graduated from Gainesville High School in 1940 and received his Associate of Arts certificate from the University of Florida before enlisting in the U.S. military during World War II. He was a staff sergeant in the 429th Bombardment Squadron of the Army Air Forces, serving as an airplane armorer-gunner in the Mediterranean Theatre, where he flew many missions in the B-17 Flying Fortress. Mr. Johnson received numerous decorations, including the Certificate of Valor in recognition of courageous service in aerial combat after being shot down in battle. He worked in insurance sales following his honorable discharge from the military in 1945. He later worked in pest control sales and service before his retirement.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife of 63 years, Mevalee Thomas Johnson. Besides being with Mevalee, the light of his life and high school sweetheart, Mr. Johnson's greatest joy was his family. He loved spending time with family, playing billiards, fishing and staying at his lake house.
He is survived by children, Joyce Ramey of Gainesville, Karen Powell (Ollie) of Melrose, and Steven P. Johnson (Sandra), Kathy Castronover (John) and Danny L. Johnson (Wendy), all of Gainesville. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Paul Ramey, Elaine Meyer, Anne Laffoon, Matt Johnson, Cynthia McMichen, Kelly Davis, Paula Ballard, Renee Johnson, Kim Stanley and Kate Toy; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.
The family will receive friends at Milam Funeral Home, Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. July 3, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery, 401 SE 21st Ave., Gainesville, FL. The family requests that expressions of sympathy be forwarded to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90 Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606. MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361.
Published in Gainesville Sun from July 1 to July 3, 2013