Charles T. Johnson, 98, was called home to be with our Lord on June 23, 2022. He was born February 24, 1924, in Gary, Indiana.
Charles loved to watch cowboy shows, football and eating his KitKat candy bars. His favorite hobbies were fishing and being around his family. He retired from Conrail in 1980 after 42 years of service. Charles was drafted into the US Army in 1943 at the age of 18 and served in World War II. He took basic training at Camp Walters, Texas and was transferred to Camp Sibert, Alabama and then went to Camp Shelby Mississippi for additional training. He served the European Theater of Operations, Troop 847 Gasoline Supply, under General George S. Patton. Charles was in England, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and earned three bronze stars. In 1945 Charles received a “Thank You” letter from President Harry S. Truman for his service to America. Charles also served as Commander for American Legion post 791 for nine years and was a member of the French Legion 40 and 8 Organization. He was recognized in the Memorial Day Parade as one of the oldest black WWII veterans in the City of Alliance.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert A and Eunice L. Johnson; his wife of 71 years, Dorothy L. Johnson; children, Jerry M. Johnson, Thomas L. Johnson, Ira A. Johnson, Tammy A. Monroe; brothers, Robert A. (Dorothy), Clarence E. (Nellie) and Elmer H.
Charles leaves to mourn his memory; his children, Charles R. (Hanna) Johnson, Wilma J. (Aaron) Madonna, Walter R. Johnson, Darren E. Johnson, and Vanessia A. (Clarence) Freeman; twelve grandchildren, Charles W. (Ayanna) Johnson, Damon Johnson, Kevin P. (Portia) Johnson, Wesley M. Freeman, Aaron A. (Yanique) Madonna, Erika Fisher, Lance I. Johnson, Ashleigh M. Madonna (Christian), Rashad S. Monroe, Julien M. Johnson, Joel’ven G. Freeman and Jewell C. Johnson. Nineteen great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Long life family friends, Kenneth and Deru Johnson, Gary Ickes, Dave Duma, Bobby and Joyce Williams, Sharon Washington, Vivian Bush, Alisha Durham, Elayne Dunlap, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and his VFW Family.