Frank Herbert Johnson died in Tucson, AZ on February 20, 2013. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 41 years, Lucy Steelman Johnson; his parents, Carl and Annie Johnson and three sisters, Florence, Flora and Noreen. Survivors include his brother, Carl and many beloved cousins; also, many nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews who will always remember "Uncle Frank". Born May 18, 1933 in Greenfield, MA. Frank was a graduate of Arms Academy in 1952 and joined the Navy in December 1952. From 1953 - 1955 he was stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station, VA. Part of his duties during that time included two Mediterranean cruises-a summer cruise on the USS Coral Sea in 1953 and a 1954 winter cruise on the USS Champlain. He completed his four year service with the U.S. Navy in Chincoteague, VA. In March 1957 Frank Joined the US Air Force and attended the Air Police School before he went overseas to Kimpo AFB, Korea. While there, he attended Sentry DogSchool. Returning stateside in 1958, he was assigned to Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ. While there he met Miss Lucy Steelman and they wed on November 16, 1960. In 1964 Frank's next assignment took him to Loring AFB, ME until 1966. Next came a one year tour of duty in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Returning to the U.S. in 1967, he was stationed at Vandenberg AFB, CA for the next four years. During that time, this dog lover went on a Temporary Duty Assignment to Dog School at Lackland AFB, TX, where he was part of their first dog Patrol Class. Leaving Vandenberg in 1971, his last two years of active duty took them back to DMAFB. After his retirement in April 1973, he took classes at Pima Community College and the University of AZ from 1974 - 1983. Following his wife's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease in January 1992, Frank lovingly cared for her until her death on July 19, 2001. He later spent many hours volunteering with the
in Tucson. In lieu of flowers, it was Frank's wish that donations be made to the
, Desert Southwest Chapter in Tucson, AZ. His hobby of bird watching brought him much enjoyment and he encouraged birds to feed and nest in his desert landscaped yard. Frank loved his Lord and attended chapel at DMAFB where he was a member of the Adult S/S Class, the Prayer Warriors and the Protestant Men of the Chapel. A Memorial Service, with full Military Honors, will be held at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85710, on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place later in Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst, MA.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 26, 2013