Francis Brown Johnson
COLUMBUS -- Francis Brown Johnson, 88, died Saturday (Jan. 5, 2002) at the Genoa Community Hospital Long Term Care Center.
He was born Nov. 15, 1913, in Decatur County, Kan., to Adolph and Lizzie (Brown) Johnson. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1930.
On Nov. 25, 1934, he married Erma Garton at Ellis Kan. He worked for Boeing Airlines flying air mail and doing radio repair. During World War II he worked at the U.S. Army Air Base in McCook installing radar in B-29s.
In 1936, he built a movie theater in Danbury which he operated until 1944. He was also a Kansas wheat farmer for many yeas and served with the U.S. Naval Reserve. He lived in Danbury for 50 years and in Oberlin for 12 years.
He was a member of the Danbury Town Board, Danbury School Board, and Twin Valley REA Board. He was also a member of the Prairie Chapel Methodist Church in Oberlin. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother; and one brother. Survivors include is wife, Erma of Columbus; one daughter, Judith and husband, Darrell Nelson of Monroe; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be Tuesday, 3 p.m., at the Patrick Funeral Chapel in Genoa with the Rev. Hugo Westphal officiating.
Committal services will be Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Kanona Cemetery in rural Oberlin.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. and from 7-8 p.m., at the funeral chapel.
Patrick Funeral Chapel of Genoa is in charge of arrangements.