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Lorin C. Johnson, 77, of 500 East, died at 6:13 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2012, at Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born in Palmer, Mass., September 13, 1935, the son of the late Charles Lorin and Dorothy Wilson Johnson.
He married Janet Frazee, and she survives.
Lorin was an Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was previously employed at Wonder Bread Hostess Cake for 17 years, and also did construction work. He was founder of Lucky Star Mart convenience store and was a licensed scuba instructor. He was also founder and co-owner of Raft To Rafters Inc. Lorin was a commercial pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association and Experimental Aircraft Association. Lorin enjoyed fishing, boating, going to air shows and his work. He was an avid animal lover and above all enjoyed spending time with his family.
Lorin had a big heart of gold and was a very caring, giving and special man. Once you met him, you never forgot him. His family meant the world to him. He was one of a kind.
He is survived by a son, Randy (Lisa) Johnson of Columbus; daughters, Jennifer (George) Lockhart of Seymour, Amber (Mike) Owens of Columbus, and Tammy (David) Miller of Columbus; grandchildren, Tina Lockhart, Katie Douglas, Bill Lockhart, Lisa Critney, Matthew Miller, Micah Owens, Jeremy Johnson and Justin St. John; a brother, Holland (Pat) Johnson of Mass.; a sister, Judy Watts of Mass.; four great-grandsons; seven great-granddaughters; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Lorin was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Charles Lorin Johnson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with Pastor Patrick Galligar officiating. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery with military honors.
Calling will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bartholomew County Humane Society, 4110 E. County Road 200 S. Columbus, IN 47201; Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St. Columbus, IN 47201; or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 719 5th St. Columbus, IN 47201.
You are invited to view his video tribute after 1 p.m. Sunday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.