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Obituary: Charles Allen Johnson Jr., Columbus

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Charles Allen Johnson Jr., 74, of Breckenridge Drive, died at 4:40 a.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Johnson was a U.S. Army and Air Force reservist, retiring after 24 years of service. From September 1963 to April 1995, he worked as an inspector at Cummins Engine Company.

After retirement, Mr. Johnson was involved with missionary work in Haiti and at the Miracle Hills Ranch in Bethany, Missouri.

He was a member of Mount Pleasant Christian Union Church, a 41-year member of Camon Masonic Lodge No. 343 F&AM, a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and a former member of Mount Olive United Methodist Church and Johnson County R.C. Club. He served 24 years with Boy Scouts of America as an adult leader, Scout Master and Unit Commissioner on the district level.

He will be remembered for his passion for woodworking and building and flying remote control airplanes.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. James Hoppus officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday. A Masonic memorial service will held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to the Johnson family and a video tribute may be viewed at

Born in Terre Haute, June 10, 1939, Mr. Johnson was the son of Charles Allen and Sarah Alice Critchley Johnson Sr. He married Margaret Frances Dewees March 19, 1961, in Scotland, IN.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years; a son, Charles Allen (Kim) Johnson III of Jasper; a daughter, Jewellia Anna (Rick) Stratman of New Palestine; grandchildren, Amanda (Justin) Richey of Seymour, Morgan Johnson of Jasper, Benjamin (Nicole) Stratman of Noblesville, Elizabeth Stratman of New Palestine, and Haley Stratman of New Palestine; a great-grandson, Cole Charles Stratman; a brother, Russell Lee (Martha) Johnson of Texas; and his mother-in-law, Anna Louise Dewees of Columbus.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Rev. Jewell Dewees.

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