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1932 - 2014 Obituary Condolences

Virginia Beach - LCDR Edward Dinsmore Johnson, born on November 10, 1932, passed away on June 15, 2014. He was born Edward Dinsmore Johnson, on November 10, 1932 in Medford, MA, the first child of William Blake Johnson and Barbara Goodwin Adams. He survived rheumatic fever at a young age and credited his paternal grandparents with saving his life.

He graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy as an Ensign and entered the United States Navy as an aviator in 1954. He served with the Navy for 21 years, flying many different types of aircraft including the F9F Cougar, F4D Skyray, F-8 Crusader, and F-4 Phantom, and flew with several squadrons including the VF-84 Jolly Rogers.

After retiring from the Navy in 1975, he obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Science, and began a teaching career at Thomas Nelson Community College until retiring in 1995. He was known for his exceptionally sharp, active intellect and his talents for building and repairing mechanical, electrical, and computerized devices of all kinds.

After having survived prostate cancer and open heart surgery, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1997. Although he remained very active for many years, the Parkinson's effects and complications slowly accumulated, eventually leading to his passing.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Beverly Bell Johnson, his daughters Cory Johnson, Valerie Blatnik, and Cheryl Soule (Mark), his stepson Sean Faubion (Kathy), and his daughter-in-law Michelle Johnson. Also surviving are his sisters Besty Duce (Vernon), Arlene Hartley (Jack), Sally Healy (Ritchie), his brother Alan Johnson (Valerie), and his grandchildren Joe Morris, Justin Blatnik, Garrett Blatnik, Melissa Blatnik, Blake Johnson, Marlee Johnson, Austin Soule, John Faubion, and Rebecca Faubion. Lastly, he is survived by his devoted and constant companion, his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lady.

He is preceded in death by his son, Edward Johnson Jr., who died of stomach cancer in 2008.

The family would like to express their deep thanks to CNAs Pat Miller and Pam Knox, and Medi Health Home & Hospice who provided invaluable care and family support during his final months.

A Funeral service will be held in Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Interment will follow in Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Rd Chapel is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, at www.micaeljfox.org, or to the Eastern Shore Chapel Food Pantry, or the Atlantic Shores Employee Gift Fund.


Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 20, 2014
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