December 3, 1923 - June 17, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 8:00 PM Vernon Funeral Home
Wednesday, June 19 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home
William L. “Bill” Johnson, 89, of Springfield passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 in Springfield Regional Medical Center.
He was born December 3, 1923 in Gaston, Indiana the son of Raymond L. and Julia M. (Cushman) Johnson.
Bill was an active member of High Street United Methodist Church. He was a Freemason for 69 years. Bill was a member of Harmony Lodge #8 in Urbana, Dayton York Rite “Knight of the York Cross of Honor”, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton “32Â°” and an Ambassador Emeritus for the Antioch Shrine in Dayton.
He earned his BS in Agriculture from Purdue University. He was a local Realtor, Businessman and Politician. He was active in Metro Ministry, was instrumental in starting Project Women, Center Street Community Center and helped establish the full time Jail Chaplin for the Springfield Jail.
He is survived by his daughter, Connie (Joe) Flanly of Urbana; grandchildren, Major Randel (Doreen) Rogers, Ronald Rogers, Mike (Pamela) Stoops; step-children, Pam Weber, Diane (Charles) Garen, Harry Fisher; step-grandchildren, Aaron (Sarah) Simowitz, Adam Weber, Wendy (Josh) Kyser; as well as several great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nancy Stoops; sister, Marietta Applegate.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Masonic services will follow at 8 p.m. Following Bill’s wishes his body will be cremated and inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family in Ferncliff Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Shrine Foundation, 107 E. 1st Street, Dayton, OH 45402-1214.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
I have not known Bill for much more than a year. In that time he made a great impression on me.
He always had a great story, of a sometimes funny joke to share. He lit up every room he went into.
My wife and I will carry fond memories of Bill with us for many years to come.
Please accept our deepest regards.
Bill was a great supporter for myself last year as Potentate. I really enjoyed knowing he would always bring a bad joke, a smile and word of encouragement wherever he went. He will leave a big opening in the Shrine and Masonic family and be greatly missed.
I will greatly miss Bill in the back pew on the end where I always stood when the choir surrounded the congregation. He would often tell me how much he enjoyed my singing so often I’d do the choral benediction with my arm around him. He was a great guy and will be dearly missed. Love, Carol Todd, High St UMC
Your friends at the Fairborn Shrine Club will miss you and those monthly little jokes.