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Colonel A. George W. Johnson (Ret.), age 95, passed away at Aurora Medical Center on November 19, 2012. George was born in New London, MN, January 1, 1917, to the late Elias and Bertina Johnson, of MN. He grew up in Onamia, MN, where the family was active in the Bethany Lutheran Church.
He studied at the University of MN and obtained an appointment to West Point. In January 1941, he marched in President Roosevelt's Inaugural Parade. That evening he met Ruth Keese, from Oshkosh, at a dinner dance at her college. She visited West Point many times and a huge wedding was planned for December 1941. Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th, changed all those plans. A small wedding was held at a post chapel at Fort Sam Houston, TX.
Soon after, George was deployed to the Pacific Theater where he commanded artillery troops in the combat 38th Infantry Division and was twice decorated for combat action.
Some of his assignments included Assistant Army Attache, Cairo, Egypt; Battalion Commander, 7th Infantry Division, Korea; Comptroller, Pentagon; Professor of Military Science, Auburn University ROTC; Deputy Chief of Staff, and U.S. Army Area Command, Germany. Upon retirement he was awarded the Legion of Merit. He also is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and of Syracuse University (with an MBA).
George and Ruth retired to Oshkosh where he became a stock broker for the Carl Hennig Agency and taught securities and investments at Fox Valley Technical College. Throughout retirement, George enjoyed playing golf, duplicate bridge and jazz piano. At the age of 89, he attained Life Master in bridge. Sadly, Ruth passed away after 49 years of marriage.
Throughout his career he was affiliated with the Army Navy Country Club, Oshkosh Country Club, Rotary, Elks, and Masonic Lodge.
George's memory will be cherished by his daughters: Edith (Edie) Johnson, Tiger, GA and Karen (Michael) Baker, Batavia, IL; son, Craig (Marlene) Johnson, Los Altos, CA. In addition his grandchildren include: Beverly, Ruth and Brett Werdin, Milwaukee, WI; Paige and Claire Johnson, Los Altos, CA. His great-grandchildren include Zachary and Alexander Werdin, Milwaukee, WI. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends who were dear to him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.
Interment with full military honors will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2012 at Lake View Memorial Park, 2786 Algoma Ave., Oshkosh. A procession will take place from the cemetery parking lot to graveside. A memorial service will directly follow at "High Noon" at First Presbyterian Church, 110 Church Ave., Oshkosh, with Rev. Tom Willadsen officiating. Condolences may be expressed at www.seefeldfuneral.com.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Nov. 23 to Nov. 25, 2012