Harold T. Johnson, a great, kind and gentle man who had a tremendous sense of humor and was loved by many, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. He was 92 years young. Memorial service: 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was a member for over 60 years and enjoyed singing in its choir. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Trinity Lutheran Church, 3621 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107; or a
. Harold was born in El Campo, on Oct.1, 1921, to Gustaf and Augusta Johnson. After finishing high school there and graduating from Texas Lutheran College, he attended the University of Texas
at Austin and graduated with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering (aeronautical) in 1943. He was justifiably proud of receiving the 2012 Philanthropist of the Year award from TLU. Harold went to work at Consolidated Aircraft in Fort Worth and stayed with the company for 46 years through many name changes, and retired in 1990 from what was then General Dynamics and is now Lockheed Martin. Harold's work involved design, maintenance, ground testing, flight testing and restoration of the B-24, B-32, B-36, and F-111. He was deeply involved in the development and testing of the B-58. When they held the 50th-reunion dinner, he was the lone engineer on the panel with test pilots and co-pilots. Harold once said, "For an airplane enthusiast, getting paid for working in his area was a delight." Harold was a pilot and owned and flew airplanes for more than 60 years. He was a charter member of the American Bonanza Society. He flew all over the U.S., including Alaska. The Texas Air Tour was his base, but the sky was his home. One of his most memorable air tours took place in Australia in 1998 with Keith Pugh. Although Harold loved his work, he often said he worked to live, not lived to work. He loved to travel and had many wonderful friends with whom he went on countless cruises and trips all over the globe. The family would like to thank all of Harold's loving friends and the caring staff at Broadway Plaza who had such an impact on the last years of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ernest Johnson; sister-in-law, Ann Johnson; and grand-nephew, Eric Wilkinson. Survivors: His loving nieces, Ellen Wilkinson (George), Elizabeth Hunt (Clif); and grand-niece, Emily Wilkinson.