Col. Harold “Hal” F. Johnson (USAF) Ret., 89, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Harbor Health of South Port Square, Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born April 19, 1924, to Harvey and Elizabeth Johnson in Greenville, Iowa.
Hal graduated from Clarion High School in 1942, where he was active in athletics and student government. Following graduation, he attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force. He received his Army Pilot Silver Wings and was commissioned in 1944.
Hal married his high school sweetheart, Betty Court at MacDill Field in Tampa, Fla., in 1946. This marriage produced two children, son, Jim, and daughter, Sue. Following World War II, Hal remained in the service to continue flying. He flew combat missions in Korea and Vietnam. Hal remained in the Air Force for 30 years, being stationed across the country. Following his retirement in 1972, Hal and Betty moved to their dream home on the water in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was active in volunteer activities at Charlotte Red Cross and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Hal was an active member of The First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte; a member of the American Legion Post 110 of Port Charlotte; The Reserve Officers Association; The Military Officers Association of America; the Military Order of World Wars; Order of Quiet Birdman; The Air Force Association and The International Order of Blue Gavel. Hal was an elder on the session for 6 years and on several committees acting as chairman. He was a charter member of the Charlotte Yacht Club and was commodore in 1978. He started programs that are still in existence today.
Hal is survived by his son, Jim (Marilyn) of Damascus, Ore.; daughter, Sue (John) Turner of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Ryan (Tina), Randy (Andrea) and Johnny; granddaughter, Jessie; and three great-grandchildren, Kolbe, Lukas and Katelynn. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty.
The family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte, and the service will follow at 11:30 a.m., followed by full military honors at Charlotte Memorial Gardens, 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. A celebration of life will follow at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte, The Red Cross or Tidwell Hospice.
Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home Cemetery and Crematory.