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Herbert I. Johnson 11/27/1913 - 9/2/2012.

SEBRING, FL- Herbert Johnson, aged 98, died Sunday, September 2, in Sebring, FL. Mr. Johnson was the fourth of five children of Otto W. and Sigrid (Rosenlund) Johnson of Branch St. in Gardner, MA. At age 14 he was a silversmith's apprentice. He was later employed by the American Fibre Corporation for nine years during which time he married Aura O. Lehto. They made their home at 51 Wickman Drive, in Gardner. In 1938, Mr. Johnson was appointed a police officer. Patrolman Johnson was inducted into the U. S. Army in June of 1943. Sergeant Johnson was a radio operator of Battery "C" 574th AAA A.W BN of General Patton's 13th Armored Division in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. After Occupation duties, Sergeant Johnson commanded a security patrol unit in Munich, Germany. In separate operations, he arrested two of the infamous Dachau prison guards who had gone "underground." He later arrested a German Colonel who had commandeered a train and escaped from a prisoner of war camp in Italy. Shortly afterward Sergeant Johnson was homeward bound with an honorable discharge on 3/1/1946. On resuming police work, Patrolman Johnson's arrests included a pedophile and a felon, wanted by the F.B.I., who wounded a Worcester, MA detective in an aborted escape attempt from Gardner's police station. Mr. Johnson resigned from the police department to operate A. O. Johnson's Market in East Templeton, MA for 12 years. He was employed by the Simplex Time Recorder Co. until appointed storekeeper at the Lancaster Industrial School for Girls. On moving to MD, Mr. Johnson became a letter carrier until retirement on a disability.

In 1980, the Johnsons moved to Lake Worth, FL. In 1999, the Johnsons moved in with their youngest daughter until Mrs. Johnson passed away in 2001. Mr. Johnson lived for a time at NALCREST, FL, and later moved to Sebring, FL with his youngest daughter in 2006. Herb Johnson was well known as a baseball pitcher and bowler. As a horseshoe pitcher, he qualified for, and competed for, The World Horseshoe Pitching Championship in Keene, NH, in 1965. Mr. Johnson was president of Gardner's P.T.A.s, East Templeton's Businessmen's Association, and active in Gardner politics. He served as secretary of the finance committee of a large condo association in MD and as president of a FL apartment Co-op. Mr. Johnson was a member of Gardner's Hope Lodge of Masons, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He won first prize for seniors in a Fort Lauderdale newspaper writing contest and has been published by an international magazine, sports magazines and op-ed columns. Herb and Aura Johnson traveled quite extensively while Mrs. Johnson was employed by the U. S. Government. Mr. Johnson is survived by daughters: Kathleen Oettinger of Las Vegas, NV, and Sherry Carlson of Sebring, FL, their husbands Frank Oettinger and Chris Williams, 4 grand-daughters, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his wife and a foster grandson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herb's name to the Alzheimer's Association. Interment will be in the family plot in Wildwood Cemetery in Gardner, MA at a later date.

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Title Annotation:OBITUARIES
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Sep 7, 2012
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