Russell A. Johnson(1921 - 2014)

Russell A. "Rusty" " Russ" Johnson, 93, of Wabash, Indiana, passed away at 4 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Wellbrooke of Wabash. He was born to the late Rex and Alta (AcMoody) Johnson on May 4, 1921, in Millersburg, Michigan.

Russell served his country in the United States Navy, during WWII. He married Arleava M. Snapp on May 5, 1943. She passed away on April 24, 2006. Russell began his work life at Rock Wool of Wabash, Indiana. He also worked as a millwright for Container Corporation, a carpenter for J.W. Lewis, owner of Johnson Builders, all of Wabash.

He was an avid beekeeper, and a tomato farmer. Russell was a member of the Wabash Christian Church in Wabash, Indiana, and served as a Deacon and Board Member. Also he was a member of the American Legion Post 15, Bow-Hunters Association, Indiana Beekeepers Association, and a chartered member of the BPOE #471 Wabash Elks Lodge all of Wabash, Indiana. Russell was a nature lover, mushroom hunter, and really enjoyed hunting, trapping, and fishing.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Johnson-Smith, of New Haven, Indiana; two grandchildren, Serena Smith, M.D. of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Michael Barcher of Las Vegas, Nevada; and two great grandchildren, Shawn Michael Cory and Matthew Russell Cory.

Russell was also preceded in death by three brothers, Louis, Eugene, and Harold Johnson and three sisters, Doretha, Margurite, and Vivian; and a great-grandson, Zachary Smith.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992, with Rev. Melinda Kammerer officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Memorial Lawns Cemetery in Wabash, Indiana.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to Community Foundation of Wabash County, 218 E. Main Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962, Notation: Russell and Arleava Johnson Memorial Endowment.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral Home

McDonald Funeral Home Inc Eddingfield Chapel
231 Falls Ave Wabash, IN 46992
(260) 563-3755

Published in The Daily Reporter on June 7, 2014