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Earl E. Johnson

Died: Fri., Aug. 28, 2015


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 03, 2015
Location: Browns Mills

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Sep. 04, 2015
Location: St. Ann's Church

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    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.

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Dottsie Brem
   Posted Sat August 29, 2015
Rest in Peace Earl

James Pekarek
   Posted Mon August 31, 2015


Deepest sympathies to a great brother and uncle

Dan Todd
   Posted Wed September 02, 2015
Jean and Family, so sorry to hear of Earl's passing. He was one of the stalwarts of our Daedalian Organization. I loved his sense of humor and the passion with which he recounted his escapades while flying during WWII. Whether it was flipping hamburgers at the booth during McGuire Airshows or actively trying to keep the organization afloat, he was the definition of a true Daedalian. He will be sorely missed. In deepest sympathy. Lt Col Dan Todd, USAF (R)

Ann Kolasa
   Posted Thu September 03, 2015

GARDEN PATH was sent by The Kolasa Family.

Our deepest condolences for your loss. Love, Ann, Valdi, Kuba, Alek and Iza Kolasa

Jim Flavion
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Jean and Family, I just came across Earl's obituary today, and was saddened by his passing. I only knew the Colonel and Jean a few years; they were neighbors of my parents, Ray and Fern, at Brightview. Enjoyed many 'Happy Hours' with you and Earl on my business trips to NJ when I would stay at Dad's. Earl was a very kind man who looked after Dad and kept me informed of his health towards the end. At Dad's funeral Earl paid him the ultimate tribute, a sharp salute from one vet to another. How I wish I had a photo of the moment. Next time I visit BGWCD Cemetery I'll be sure to pay my respects. Fondly, Jim

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