Elmer Johnson

Elmer Johnson

Tuesday, April 29th, 1930 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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JOHNSON, Elmer age 89, of Dayton, passed away on January 1, 2020. He was born on April 29, 1930 in Little Rock Arkansas to Fred and Gertrude Johnson. Elmer spent his childhood in Muskegon Michigan and at the age of 17 enlisted in the Air Force and enjoyed a 27 year career; during that time he traveled the world and was stationed in St. Louis Missouri, Niagara Falls New York, Puerto Rico, Patrick Air Force Base in Florida and at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio, where he resided for 60 years. While in the Air Force Elmer made significant contributions to military computer development and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University. It was while stationed in St. Louis that he met Clara Louise Morris; they were married on February 3, 1951 and celebrated 50 years of marriage. Throughout his lifetime Elmer was a fierce advocate of civil rights and African American history and loved sharing his knowledge and extensive book collection. He was also an avid bowler, scoring several 300 perfect games. Elmer was one of the founding members of American Legion Post 776 in Dayton Ohio where he could be often found spinning records as he shared his love for blues and jazz. He is preceded in death by his father Fred Johnson, his mother Gertrude Malone, wife Clara Louise Johnson, daughter Janice Johnson, brothers Walter and James Malone, and sisters Emma Jean Jordan and Frankie Malone. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his daughters; Phyllis Self, Ashaki Zawadi, Aisha Zawadi, Reina Barnett-Holliday, Ivy Chevers and Anita Lambert, brother McCoy Malone and sister Bliss Ann Hunter and a multitude of grandchildren, great grandchildren along with nieces and nephews who will proudly carry on his legacy of education and thirst for knowledge. Elmer lived his life to the fullest and his memory will be joyfully celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home 5555 Philadelphia Dr. at N. Main St. Inurnment Dayton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family request that contributions be made in Elmer’s memory to the Miami Valley/Dayton Alzheimer’s Association, 31 W. Whipp Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459 or at the Ohio Hospice of Dayton. Online condolences for the family may be sent to
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Baker Hazel & Snider Funeral Home
  • Interment

    Dayton National Cemetery
    W. Third St.
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Patrick Bullock

Posted at 01:47am
Our deepest sympathys to the Johnson family from Pat Bullock and family. Sgt Johnson was a fine example to all of us guys in Page Manor growing up.
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George A. Self

Posted at 09:06am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. From the Self Family
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Semmie Neely

Posted at 11:24am
With deepest sympathy, I am deeply saddened for your loss. Elmer has and always will be one of God's most wise and inspiring angels.
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Barbara Burkholder

Posted at 04:06pm
Dear Family,
My husband John and I had the honor and privilege of meeting Elmer at Phyllis’s retirement party. He was very gracious when We thanked him for his Air Force service to our country.
He raised a loving, giving, educated and kind family of girls.
We count ourselves lucky to have met the likes of Elmer!
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
A Gaelic Blessing
Love & Prayers,
John & Barb Burkholder & Family

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