Ned R. Johnson, 88, Galveston, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born Nov. 29, 1924 in Howard County to Frank and Florence (Downhour) Johnson. His mother died in 1926 and he was raised by his foster parents Sam and Marie (Johnson) Sprinkle, uncle and aunt.
He married his wife Betty (Foy) Johnson, who survives, on May 22, 1945, in Columbia City.
Ned owned and operated Johnson’s Service Station in Galveston for 40 years and retired Dec. 16, 1989.
He graduated from Galveston High School in 1942 and attended Purdue University following WW II.
Ned is affiliated with Galveston United Methodist Church, Walton American Legion Post 418, Submarine Veteran of WWII and former member of Galveston Lions club, and served on the Galveston Volunteer Fire Deptartment. He was a member of Galveston Masonic Lodge No. 244 F&AM.
He enjoyed golf and bowling.
He joined the Navy in 1943 serving on the USS Rock in the submarine service in the south pacific theater.
In 1946 Ned and Betty moved to Galveston and lived in the same house they currently live in today. He was an excellent mechanic and was a well respected businessman in the community for over 40 years. He was a mentor to the young men whom he employed and taught the trade to his son Kent who worked along side him for many years. The last 15 years Ned and Betty Wintered in Sebring, Fla. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle.
Survivors include wife, Betty J. Johnson, Galveston, daughter, Carole L. (John) Hardy, Walton, son Kent R. (Suzi) Johnson, Galveston, daughter, Connie L. (Larry) Crabtree, Muncie, grandchildren, Lisa (Lance) Brand, Muncie, Ryan (Amber) Crabtree, Hartford City, Susan (Rob) Mohrland, Riverview, Fla., Scott Hardy, Walton, Angie Padilla and companion Brent Hensley, Walton, Jill Johnson, Galveston, Melanie (Brandon) Kelly, Walton, great-grandchildren, Tyler, Katherine, and Riley Brand, Charlie Crabtree, Caden, Caris and Cameron Mohrland, Tristen Padilla, McKenzie Kelly, brother Fred Johnson, Sheffield, Ala., and sister-in-law Irma Wilson, Peoria, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, foster parents, brother, Delbert Johnson and granddaughter, Sara Johnson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Galveston United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roy E. Ice officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Galveston United Methodist Church and one hour before service time on Saturday. Burial will be at the Galveston Cemetery.
Memorials can be made at Galveston United Methodist Church or the Galveston Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com.