Delbert George Johnson, known to many as Del, 77, St. Clair, departed this life Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at his home surrounded by the love of his family.|
Del, son of the late Raymond Humes Johnson and wife Margueritte Edith, nee Ford, was born June 5, 1937, in Kannapolis, Kan. As a young man, he was united in marriage and blessed to have three sons. On Dec. 26, 1984, he was united in marriage to Marilou A. Behnken.
Del was proud to have served his country during the Vietnam War as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, in the 555th Tactical Squadron, entering April 2, 1957, and receiving his honorable discharge April 1, 1965. After his discharge, he began his career with McDonnell Aircraft, then McDonnell Douglas, and then Boeing, where he later retired in 2002 after 35 years of service. He worked in the logistic engineering area as a maintenance planning manager, first on the F-4 program, then F-15, AF-18, and also the A-12 program. Del also enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life. He loved the outdoors and nature and enjoyed feeding the wildlife. Fishing was one of his hobbies, as was gardening and camping, especially at Little Indian Creek. He was talented at woodworking, making beautiful furniture and wildlife feeders. Nothing made him happier than the time spent with his family, and many wonderful memories were created.
Del is survived by his beloved wife, Marilou Johnson, St. Clair; two sons, Delbert "Keith" Johnson and wife Joy, Georgetown, S.C., and Herman "Doug" Johnson and wife Christina, Hemingway, S.C.; three grandchildren, Katherine Johnson, Georgetown, S.C., Brandon Johnson and Raymond Johnson, both of Hemingway, S.C.; three brothers, William F. Johnson, Bancock, Thailand, Stanley B. Johnson and wife Shelia, Bothell, Wash., and Bruce W. Johnson, Manhattan, Kan.; one brother-in-law; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Margueritte Johnson; one son, Raymond Johnson; one brother, Kenneth Johnson; and one sister, Joyce LaQuita Carter.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Jim Watson officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, was held at Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair.
Memorials may be given to the Honor Flight Program, Franklin County, or to the USO.
The Johnson family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in www.emissourian.com/ on Aug. 13, 2014