Edwin Laurence Johnson

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Edwin Laurence Johnson passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Edwin was born May 27, 1927, in Barranca Bermeja, Colombia, to parents Florence Cleary and Edwin Morton Johnson.

A veteran of World War II, Edwin volunteered for service with the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He was a member of the commissioning crew aboard the destroyer tender USS Frontier (AD-25) with the rank of fireman first class (1944 to 1946).

In 1948, Edwin graduated with an associate degree from Union Junior College, Cranford, N.J., and in 1950 he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Wilkes College.

In 1952, he married Lee Ann Jakes and the couple had two children.

He joined the faculty at Lehman-Jackson School District in 1952 as a teacher, guidance counselor and coach (baseball and women's basketball) until 1966. In 1958, Edwin earned a master's degree from Bucknell University in education and in 1966 he returned to Wilkes College as a faculty member in the Education Department. Edwin remained at Wilkes College as the director of student teaching until his retirement in 1996, upon which time he was named associate professor emeritus of education.

From 1961 until 1974, Edwin served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander in 1969. He relished his time in the Coast Guard and his times at sea.

Edwin was an avid birder and launched the Dallas area Audubon annual Christmas bird count, as well as participating in additional bird counts and nesting censuses throughout the region each year. Edwin was an active member in the local chapter of the Audubon Society, the Torch Club (Wilkes-Barre), the U.S. Coast Guard Veterans Association, the Northeast Pennsylvania Stamp Club and the Pennsylvania Intermountain Pipe Enclave.

For years after his retirement, Edwin volunteered at the Dallas Municipal Library book store. A lifelong learner and voracious reader, Edwin always had recommendations for books and shared many a cartoon from the New Yorker with family and friends.

Edwin was predeceased by his wife, Lee Ann Johnson; and his sister, Virginia Dougherty, Indiana, Pa.

He is survived by his two sons, Dr. E. Mark Johnson (Ann), Greenwood, Del.; and Dr. Eric L. Johnson (Maria), Oneonta, N.Y.; along with two grandchildren, Kaitlin Ann and Joshua Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Edwin's life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Interment will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Back Mountain Memorial Library, c/o 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on May 8, 2018
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