• Willard M. Johnson
    February 06,2014
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    Willard M. Johnson

    ABILENE, Kansas — Willard Murray Johnson, 81, of Abilene, Kansas, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Fort Dodge Old Soldiers Home in Dodge City, Kansas.

    He was born June 18, 1932, in Stoneham, Massachusetts, the son of Gordon Woodman and Dorothy (Murray) Johnson.

    Willard enlisted in the Army at age 17, and spent 20-plus years in the military. After serving overseas for a number of years, he retired from the Army in 1973, at Fort Riley.

    He was a member of VFW Post 1432.

    After retiring from the Army, he worked at CE in Abilene, ABB in Enterprise, and then part-time for the Abilene Reflector.

    Having spent his early years in Maine and Vermont, he met and married Greta May Johnson in Rutland, Vermont, on October 1, 1957.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Dorothy; his wife, Greta; brother, Gordon W. Johnson, Jr. of Glens Falls, New York; and one sister, Wilma L. Cavacas of Rutland, Vermont. Willard is survived by his son, Willard M. Johnson II of Abilene, and a number of nieces and nephews.

    Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial will take place. Condolence may be sent online to the family at www.martinbeckercarlson.com.
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