LtCol Earl E. Johnson of Marlton, formerly of Browns Mills, age 93 years, passed away August 28, 2015. He was a native of Chicago, IL. Earl joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and as a pilot he participated in the invasion of Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the resupply at Bastogne, and Operation Varsity.
He was recalled to active duty for the Korean War at which point he decided to make the Air Force his career.
Earl returned to McGuire AFB after serving in the Vietnam War. He had 7200 hours of flying time in his career of which 500 hours were combat. He was a decorated Air Force Veteran, having received the Bronze Star, and retired in 1974 after 32 years of service.
He settled in Browns Mills in January of 1974.
Earl was a dedicated member of St. Ann’s Church, Browns Mills where he served as a lector, choir member, and member and president of the Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Daedalians Pilot Fraternity and the Lakes & Pines MOAA.
He and his wife Jean were the owners of Merle Norman Cosmetics, Mount Holly. Earl was also employed by Robbins Men’s Store in Mount Holly.
Beloved husband of Jean M.( Carroll) for 72 years, and dear father of James E. Johnson & wife Nancy of Mount Laurel and Kenneth M. Johnson & wife Patricia of Manassas, VA, devoted grandfather of Stephen Johnson & wife Holly , Lauren Ramirez & husband Eddie, Jessica and Lyndsey Johnson , great grandfather of Ryan Johnson and dear brother of Elaine Pekarek and Thomas Johnson.
Relatives and friends of Earl’s family are invited to his viewing and visitation 5:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday evening at The Lankenau Funeral Home, 370 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills, Pemberton Twp.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Friday, September 4th at St. Ann’s Church, 22 Trenton Road, Browns Mills.
Interment with Air Force Honors will be in BGWCD Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline Road. Arneytown, North Hanover Twp.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann’s Church, 22 Trenton Road, Browns Mills NJ 08015.