Carl Dewaine Johnson, 93, returned to his heavenly home on July 8, 2020, after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
He was born on December 29, 1926, in Liberty Township, Van Wert County, the son of the late Rush Harrison and Edna A. (Neiferd) Johnson. On October 17, 1959, he married the former Ethel Jane Lloyd who also preceded him in death on September 26, 2019.
Family survivors include his son, Dewaine Johnson of Van Wert; two daughters, Gloria (Steve) Waterman of Rockford and Diana (Paul) Cearns of Convoy; four grandchildren, Jolynn (Nate) Simson, Jenna (Joel) Dunham, Courtney and Cameron Cearns; and two great grandchildren, Owen and Ivy Simson.
Besides his parents and wife, Carl was preceded in death by four brothers, Gerald, Richard, Glenn and Robert Johnson; and two sisters, Shirley Johnson and Velma Lewis.
Carl was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Germany. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert. He had retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne in 1983 after 31 ½ years of service. He was also a member of American Legion Post 178, Van Wert. In his younger years, Carl enjoyed fishing and camping.
Due to Covid-19 considerations, the family will have private calling hours and service on Friday morning July 10, 2020. A video of the services will be available after noon Friday at cowanfuneralhome.com. Interment will take place at Van Wert Woodland Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to First Presbyterian Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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