PORT ALLEGANY - Merle G. Johnson, 89, of Route 155, passed away at his home on Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2013).
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Born Oct. 29, 1923, in Bradford, he was a son of Emery H. and Alma Holly Johnson. On June 17, 1967, in Syracuse, N.Y., he married Elaine D. Douvlos, who survives. They were married 46 years.
Mr. Johnson was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of the Port Allegany High School, Class of 1942, of which he was valedictorian.
He operated a trucking business for 10 years before entering the Cart Care Floor Cleaning business.
In 1963, after being out of school for 21 years, he decided to seek a college degree. He enrolled in Syracuse University and received his bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts, and in 1969, he received his Juris Doctor degree in law from Syracuse University.
He was a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Cattaraugus County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the McKean County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. He was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Merle was past president of the Port Allegany Rotary Club, member of the board of directors of the First National Bank, Port Allegany, for 29 years, McKean-Potter Farmers Farm Bureau, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for 50 years, and McKean Aviation Association, where he was secretary and treasurer. He was a member of the S. Bus. Men's Association. He was solicitor for Liberty Township for many years.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Elaine, are a son, Michael G. (Nanette) Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; three daughters, Susie Darlene (William) Kelley of Griffin, Ga., Nancy J. McGuire of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Teri A. (Luke) Summa of Central Florida; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Larraine Klesa Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Harold Johnson.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Randall Headley, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Memorials can be made to Potter County Hospice or the donor's choice.
Condolences can be made at switzerfuneralhome.com
Switzer Funeral Home
77 Willow St
Port Allegany, PA 16743
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 7 to Feb. 13, 2013