Merle G. Johnson(1923 - 2013)

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. - Merle G. Johnson, 89, of Route 155, passed away at his home Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2013).
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 lifetime 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's degree in Liberal Arts, and, in 1969, he received his Juris Doctorate degree in law from Syracuse University.
He was a member of the New York State Bar Association, Cattaraugus County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, McKean County Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. He also was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Merle was past president of the Port Allegany Rotary Club; a 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; three daughters, Susie Darlene (William) Kelley of Griffin, Ga., Nancy J. McGuire of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Teri A. (Luke) Summa of central Florida; 7 grandchildren and 4 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 (Feb. 10, 2013) 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 an organization of the donor's choice. Condolences can be made at www.switzerfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Olean Times Herald from Feb. 7 to Mar. 7, 2013