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Charles Magnus (Chuck) Johnson was born January 7, 1917 to Carl Johnson and Lucy Nina Victoria Johnson in Wright County, Minnesota. He passed away Dec. 2, 2012. His early life was spent on a farm near Annandale, Minnesota. He graduated from the Annandale Public School in 1935. He was very active in Amateur radio beginning in the mid 1930's. This led to his entering radio broadcasting as a transmitter operator. While working at the University Radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he entered the University of Minnesota to study Electrical Engineering. He served with the United States Army Air Corp as an aerial gunner and radio operator early in World War II. He later was assigned to the South Pacific Theater of Operations as a specialist in Fighter Control. While serving with the Philippine Guerrilla Forces he was awarded the Bronze Star. After WW II, he returned to the University of Minnesota to obtain his degree in engineering and added studies in business administration. During the late 1940's he was employed by Mutual Broadcasting Network as a control engineer. In 1950 he was recalled to active duty for the Korean conflict and worked with the radio broadcast systems for psychological warfare. In June 1952 after release from active duty he came to Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, NM as Chief of Range Communications and Timing as used in guided missile testing programs. In 1953 he joined with a small number of specialists in starting the Missile Electronic Warfare Program at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. During the following years as the organization expanded, he advanced to the position of Deputy Chief in the research and development and testing of electronic countermeasures weapons. In 1962, he transferred to the Instrumentation Directorate to direct the effort in design of instrumentation communications and specialized radar equipment. He was a Registered Professional Engineer P,E, and had been active in many technical societies and organizations. In addition he served on many technical and administrative committees for the Department of Defense and NASA. He retired from active engineering in June 1973 following his retirement; he was active in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for many years. He joined the Fair Haven Lodge No. 182 Masons at Annandale, Minnesota in 1939. In New Mexico he joined the York Rite of Masonry in Las Cruces. He was elected to the position of Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of New Mexico. In June 1948 he married Mary F. Brown of Richmond, Missouri. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in June of 2004. He is preceded in death by his wife Mary, parents Carl and Nina as well as his brothers Raymond and Lyle. He is survived by his daughters Katherine (Robert) Dawes and Karen (James) Dawson. His is also survived by his grandchildren Kristopher Dawes, Brianne (David) Huseby, Justin (Wynter) Dawson, Keri Dawson, Keith (Alejandra) Dawson and great-grandchildren Logan Dawes, Alaina and Owen Huseby. His hobbies included Amateur Radio, Classic Cars and traveling, and genealogy. Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be held at Fort Bayard. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations to Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico at Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico 301 S. Church Street, Ste. H Las Cruces, NM 88001.

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 15, 2012
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