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“PAT SORRY TO HEAR OF JERRYS PASSING. I KNEW FROM LAST TALKING TO HIM HIS HEALTH WAS NOT GOOD TAKE CARE THANKS FOR CHRISTMAS CARD..AND WE WILL BE...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: kenneth dawson - abilene, KS

“Mrs Johnson I am sorry to hear of Mr Johnson's passing. I have many memories of him as principal. Also of him working in your yard,he would always...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Jan Stegemiller Luce - Lufkin, TX

“Pat: You know how much our family thought of you and Jerry. He always brought a smile to my face and was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Wilma Wittrock - greendale, IN

“My sincerest condolences to you, Mrs. Johnson and to your dear husband's loved ones and friends. He will be greatly missed. I'm honored to have had...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Jolie (Kittle) Zielke - Yorktown, VA

“My Mom lived by Jerry at Three Mile Ridge, thats how I got introduced to Jerry. I have worked at Krogers for 32 years and I must say Jerry was my #1...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Terri Schwing - Lawrenceburg, IN

“He was a great manand principal. Always treated you like you acted, have always had great respect for. Sorry for your loss of a great person, he...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Mikel Julie Jones (cutter) - IN

“Pat, Very sorry for your loss. Jerry was such a great friend and neighbor. He sure gave us plenty of good laughs, we loved his sense of humor. ...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Amzi & Sharon Gray - Lawrenceburg, IN

“Patty, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many happy memories of growing up next door next to you and Jerry. May you find peace in knowing that he...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Christy Siekman Brainard - OH

“Mrs. Johnson , and Family; You were very blessed to have had Mr. Johnson for many years. Please know that I will be praying for your loss. He...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Sissy Lamkin Potter - Rising Sun, IN

“Sorry for your loss Patricia. He was a good man and principal. I saw him on my 40th class reunion about 3 yrs ago . I thought he might send me home...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Eileen Phillips Wiesmann - Vevay , IN


OBITUARY; Gerald Johnson (1929-2013)
Well known and highly respected Ohio County teacher and school administrator Gerald Johnson, age 84, of Lawrenceburg, IN passed away October 12 after a long illness. He was born March 11, 1929 in Milan, IN to Estal Johnson and Louise Wingate Wells. "Jerry" grew up in Rising Sun, IN and graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1947. On June 8, 1951 he married his beloved classmate, Patricia Stow. They resided most of their married life in Rising Sun, both teaching in the school system, and moved to Lawrenceburg after their retirement.
After high school, Jerry went to Taylor University, graduating in 1952, and continued his post graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War Era.
Mr. Johnson began his teaching career in Guilford, IN. In 1958 he came to Rising Sun High School where he began as an English teacher, soon being appointed high school principal. He was a dedicated educator until his retirement in 1989. Jerry was highly respected by all with whom he came in contact. He was fair and supportive of those with whom he worked, as well as the students under his management. A former student commented that "he inspired each student to stretch their abilities, and freely shared his wonderful sense of humor with everyone."
In his free time, Jerry loved to read, and work in his beautiful lawn, flower garden and home. He was noted for helping out in neighbors' yards, "just because he wanted to."
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, pat; his sister, Audrey Reinholt and her husband, Jim, of Warsaw, IN; sisters-in-law, Ella Grace Woodfill and Barbara Stow; brother-in-law Donald Stow; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
The family requests NO flowers. Memorials may be made to the Gerald Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ohio County Community Foundation, 330 Industrial Access Drive, P.O. Box 170, Rising Sun, IN 47040, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Mr. Johnson will be buried in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun, IN is assisting the family.

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