Edward Lewis Johnson, 95, Martinsville, passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Grand Valley Health and Rehabilitation in Martinsville, Ind. He was born July 31, 1924, in Philadelphia, Penn., to the late Louis Johnson and Mary (Schultz) Johnson. His one sibling, Margaret, preceded him in death.
As a young man Ed enjoyed spending time on a farm where his grandparents managed stables for thoroughbred horses, backpacking in the Allegheny Mountains, and fishing and clamming on the Jersey shore.
He graduated from Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia in 1942. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943. He studied at Pratt Engineering School, NYC, while in the military. During his service with the 75th Infantry Division, Patton’s 3rd Army, he saw action in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany and was part of the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central European Campaigns.
He was awarded a bronze star for his services. After the Armistice he was part of the Occupation Force in Germany. In later life, family, friends, school groups, service clubs and others enjoyed hearing about his adventures-harrowing and humorous-in WWII.
In 1994, he and Edna attended the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Normandy D-day Invasion in France as honored guests.
After honorable discharge in 1946, he moved to Newburgh and married Edna Barbara Schneider on March 9, 1946, who he’d met at a USO dance. While in Newburgh, Ed worked as a theatre projectionist and postman, served as a Scoutmaster and taught Sunday school.
He and Edna had five children all surviving. They moved to Martinsville in 1958 where he lived until after Edna’s death in 2003.
Children include Lewis Johnson; Roger Johnson and wife, Maria (Ramirez); Mary Ann Frame and husband, Pat; Nancy Maxwell and husband, Chris (all of Martinsville); and Charles Johnson and wife, Chizuko (Tamiya) (of Bloomington). Grandchildren include Benjamin Frame (Jill), Emily Wilhite (Ryan), Aliza Frame (Loutfi Jirari), Rachel Pieper (Andy), Adam Maxwell (Amy), Carmen Shone (Devin) and Mark Johnson. Great-grandchildren include Nolan and Vera Frame, Vedia Medina, Russell and Madeleine Wilhite, Keziah, Henry, Anton and Carl Pieper, Abigail and Asher Maxwell, and Mila and Xavier Shone.
Ed moved back to Newburgh and married Laura Kathryn Schneider on Feb. 14, 2004; she preceded him in death in 2017. She was the mother of one son, C. Fredrick McDonald, who survives.
Spending most of his career in sales, he worked for many years for Lever Brothers Corporation and later was co-owner of Burkhart Floor Covering in Bloomington.
He and Edna loved to travel and over the years they travelled to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, Bahamas, Virgin Islands and Hawaii. Several times they returned to England reconnecting with friends he had made as that 19-year-old soldier many years earlier. His greatest travel love and most frequent destination was his cabin on Lake Wawa in Ontario, Canada, which he bought with Edna in 1976, where they enjoyed many happy times. The family continues to spend time there.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Martinsville and Zion Church of Christ, Newburgh.
In 2016 he participated in the Honor Flight Program, visiting Washington, DC with other Veterans.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Costin Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at First Christian Church, 89 S. Main Street, Martinsville, officiated by Reverend Roxie McNelly. Visitation will also be possible from 10 a.m. until 11a.m. before the service on Thursday.
Burial with Military Honors will take place at Nebo Memorial Park in Martinsville, immediately following the service.
Donations to Compassion International (www.compassion.com) or the charity of your choice are welcome in lieu of flowers.