CHALLOTTE, N.C. - Herbert W. Johnson, formerly of Eldred (Larabee), Pa., passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 18, 2016, at the age of 94 years.
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He was born May 6, 1921, in Larabee, to John and Jennie Haynes Johnson.
A longtime resident of the Eldred area, he attended the Eldred High School. After high school, he worked on the family farm and for the local utility company. In March 1943, in Corvallis, Ore., he married Alice Loretta Jenick of Olean, N.Y., who passed away in 1998.
In 1942 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served with the 104th Infantry Division, Artillery Headquarters Company as a radioman and fought in World War II in the European Theater where he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. He was involved in the Battle of the Dykes in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the liberation of Mittelbau-Dora Nazi concentration camp, better known as Nordhausen, amongst other engagements. He returned to Eldred after World War II, and was employed at Daystrom Furniture in Olean, N.Y., prior to moving to East Aurora, N.Y., where he worked for Moog Corporation as a machinist until his retirement. In 1986, after retiring, Herbert and Alice established residence in Shallotte, N.C.
While in Eldred he was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Eldred. Herbert's family was first and foremost in his life. After his retirement, he spent much of his time traveling to visit family, friends, and old army buddies. He also attended many of the 104th Infantry Division reunions.
Surviving are a daughter, Loretta Robinson of Wilmington, N.C., and three sons, Stephen (Karen) of Columbia, Conn.; Jay (Louise) of St Marys, Pa.; and Eric (Clara) of Milan, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Jamie, Carrie, Jessica and Mark; 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Theodore and Roland Johnson and two sisters, Kathleen Johnson Raszman and Doris Johnson Hills.
Friends and family may call at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, for a memorial service with the Rev. Jay Tennies officiating. All are invited to attend a gathering immediately following the memorial service at the Eldred World War II Museum to continue the celebration of Herbert's life. Herbert's ashes will be buried at the family plot at Oak Hill Cemetery, Eldred, Pa., at a later time.
Military honors will be presented at the funeral home, honoring his service in World War II.
He will be missed by family and friends, and in particular, by his close companion of the last several years, Elmyra Dorn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Herbert's honor to Liberty Hospice, PO Box 200, Supply, NC; the Eldred WW II Museum, 201 Main St, Eldred, PA, or the
Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com.
Frame Funeral Home
230 Main Street
Eldred, PA 16731
Published in The Bradford Era from July 12 to July 21, 2016