James Willoughby ""Wilby"" Johnson, 90, of Eastview was born Feb. 18, 1923. He died at his home March 19, 2013, with his family by his side.
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He was a World War II veteran entering the army in 1943, 1st Infantry. During the invasion of Nor-mandy, France; which began on D-Day, June 6, 1944; Wilby was wounded. He stepped on a land mine on the second day of the invasion and received the Purple Heart.
He retired from civil service at Fort Knox. He cut timber for several years after his retirement. Wilby enjoyed quail hunting and fishing. He also liked to get on his tractor and bush hog and raise a garden. Wilby loved to play rook. He met a lot of new friends while playing rook at Wesley Hilltop House for senior citizens in Elizabethtown. He was a member of Summit Church of Christ.
Wilby was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Nichols Johnson; his parents, James ""Jimmie"" Johnson and Maude Linder Johnson; a brother, Russell; three sisters, Juanita Best, Cecile Love and Gladys Hatfield; and a great-grandson, Dylan Matthew Johnson.
He is survived by two sons, James Russell Johnson (Loretta) of Elizabethtown and their three children, Todd (Tammie) Johnson, Brent (Tonya) Johnson and Alex Johnson; and Lewis Dale Johnson (Vanessa Dale) of Big Clifty and their four children, Anissa (Curtis) Beeler, Teresa (Jessie) Early, Amanda (Justin) Napper and Joe Johnson; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille (Roy) Harper of Elizabethtown; and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
The funeral is at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Norman Miller officiating. Burial follows in Meeting Creek Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and continues at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Brown Funeral Home
306 College Street
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Published in The News-Enterprise from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013