LEICESTER - Wilbur Clark "Bill" Johnson, age 87, died Sunday, October 7, 2012, at his home in Leicester.
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Mr. Johnson was born in Agawam, Mass., on December 30, 1924. He was the son of Paul and Maud (Hess) Johnson. He grew up in Agawam where he received his early education. He had attended Agawam High School. In his earlier years, he had worked at General Baking Co. in Agawam. He joined the United States Army in 1943 and served in the European Theatre of Operations.
He was involved in five major battles, including The Rhineland, Central Europe, Southern France, Naples Foggia and Rome Arno. Among his numerous military decorations are the Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge. Following his honorable discharge, he came to his brother's home in Weston, Vt., where he and his brother operated a lumber mill. He later returned to Agawam and work with Webster Construction. He had been a carpenter for most of his life. He moved to Leicester in 1976. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed boating.
Surviving are his stepchildren, Claire McDonnell of Killington, Dolly LaFleur, Jane Bilodeau and Leslie Melanson, all of Agawam, Mass., Shirley Shewchuk of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and his nephew, Thomas Kozan of Ridgecrest, Calif. He was predeceased by his partner in life, Doris Melanson, on November 10, 1998; his brother, Gordon Johnson; and a sister, Eleanor Kozan.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, will officiate. A private, graveside, committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place at a later date in Agawam Center Cemetery in Agawam, Mass.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, October 12, from 12 noon until 1 p.m.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his memory to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
Published in Rutland Herald from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2012