Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dale J. Johnson (January 4, 2016)

Dale J. Johnson, Greenville, age 93, passed away at the Brethren Retirement Community on January 4, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Eaton, OH on October 23, 1922 to the late Raymond and Beulah (Ott) Johnson.  Dale served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged after the war ended. Dale married Margie (Smith) from McKee, KY on January 24, 1950, and lived in Greenville where they raised their 3 children.  Dale owned a Texaco Station in Greenville before working and retiring from Corning Glass Works.

Dale had a great smile, was always grinning with a sparkle in his eye, and loved to be with his family.  He loved tending to the lawn and garden, collecting coins, watching Cincinnati Reds baseball, playing cards, hunting and making homemade ice cream.  As difficult as it was for his family to see him decline in health during the past several years, Dale is with his Lord Jesus in his Heavenly Home enjoying what he loved most. Dale is survived by Margie, his beloved wife of 66 years; his children: Michael (Janet), Sebring, FL, James (Janet), Columbus, IN, Annette (Craig) Hohnberger, Pickerington, OH; and grandchildren: Christopher (Stephanie) Johnson, Lauren and Leah Hohnberger; and brother:  Willard (Margie), Eaton, OH; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.  In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his stepmother, Vonda (Ketring), Eaton, OH, his brother Kenneth, Troy, Ohio, and sister Carolyn Beasley, Eaton, OH. Visitation will be held Friday January 8, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio until time of the Celebration of Life Service starting at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Gary Oser officiating. Also the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct a Veterans Memorial Service at the funeral home on Friday. Burial will follow at the Zion Cemetery located outside of Eaton, OH.    Dale's family would like to give special thanks to all the compassionate caretakers and nurses at the Brethren’s Home Retirement Community Center and from the State of the Heart Hospice Organization. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dale either to the Greenville Missionary Church, Brethren Retirement Community or to the State of the Heart Hospice.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com