Obituary

Raymond Lee Johnson

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BEAVERCREEK — Raymond Lee Johnson of Beavercreek, 78, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Hospice of Dayton. He is survived by his wife, Marie-France Johnson of Beavercreek, OH; his three sons, Eric Johnson and his partner Whitney Gardner, Beavercreek, OH; Dr. Clay Johnson and his partner Dr. Kathy Groves, West Milton, OH; and Dr. Christopher Johnson and his wife Dr. Katharine Coles, Salt Lake City, UT. Ray earned his pilot's license at the age of 16. His early passion for flight led to a remarkable career as both an officer and civilian in the United States Air Force. Ray received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University, St. Louis. As a pilot for the Air Force, Ray had a distinguished flying career during the 1960s. After a long civilian career, Ray retired as the director for Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1991. While at WPAFB, he received an award for exceptional civilian service, the highest award conferred on a civilian employee by the Secretary of the Air Force, for his achievements as chief systems engineer and technical advisor for ASD's F-16 program from January 1976 to February 1984. While at WPAFB, Ray's engineering talents were also used in the F-111 and F-117 programs. Throughout his life, Ray had a passion for creating. He was a skilled woodworker, fly fisher, musician, photographer, and most recently an expert in 3D printing. Most importantly, he was an amazing husband, father, and individual. He had a gentle and sensitive disposition, a kindness exceptional to his peers, and he valued life with great respect and compassion. He will be missed tremendously; his memory and impact will continue to live on. A private family gathering will be held on November 2, 2014. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton.


Published in The Beaver Creek News-Courant from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2014
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