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Charles Hugh (Chuck) Johnson


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Charles Hugh (Chuck) Johnson Obituary
September 3, 1920 - January 7, 2018 Charles (Chuck) Johnson passed away peacefully at home January 7, 2018 at the age of 97 with his wife, Nancy by his side. Chuck was born in Floyd, Iowa to Minnie Mae and Charles Johnson on September 3, 1920. Elementary and high school were in Orchard, Floyd and Charles City, Iowa. During the start of his third year, 1941, at the University of Iowa he was recruited by Lockheed to come to Burbank, California and work in aerospace. Lockheed's enticement of $.55 pay per hour compared to $ .15 per hour pay for his job in Iowa brought him quickly to sunny Southern California. Survived by wife, Nancy, son, Douglas Johnson (Rebecca), stepchildren, Michael Black (Diane), Debbie Corfee, Tim Black, Susan Pender as well as ten grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife Anita, son Dean and two grandchildren. Chuck was drafted into the Army July, 1944 and following basic training at Ft. Roberts, California he was selected to attend Officers Candidate School in Georgia. He was commissioned a Lieutenant and sent to Japan at the end of World War II. He returned to work at Lockheed during the years of 1946 -1950. During service in the Active Reserve he was promoted to Captain and served two years during the Korean conflict. Following discharge from the Army, Chuck worked in a number of different areas of Lockheed including as Manager, Manufacturing Engineering. It was believed Chuck had the longest tenure of any employee at Lockheed with 57 years prior to his retirement in 1999. While working full time Chuck earned two advanced degrees at UCLA. After the purchase of a view lot in 1958 Chuck and Anita designed and built the family home which was completed in 1959. Chuck was honored by the Burbank City Council September 19, 2017 for 30 years of service on Public Service and Building and Fire Codes Commissions. He was a member of Burbank Noon Kiwanis. During his fifty year membership at Burbank First United Methodist Church he enjoyed singing in the Chancel Choir, along with his wife, Nancy. Trips to Europe, Spain, China, Canada, Mexico and Hawaii provided many wonderful experiences for Chuck and Nancy. Many cruises, both on the high seas and rivers of the USA, were a special pleasure for them. A private burial with military honors will be held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. A celebration of Chuck's life will be held on Sunday, January 28th at 2 pm at Burbank First United Methodist Church.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2018
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