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Updated: 07/19/2014 08:00:01AM

Mack C. Johnson

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Mack C. Johnson

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Mack C. Johnson, 90, of Venice, Fla., died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

Mack was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Ashbysburg, Ky., to Mack and Ethel Carlisle Johnson. After attending grade and high school in Kentucky, he worked in Michigan before joining the U.S. Army.

Mack was a World War II veteran, serving in Europe as a first lieutenant under Gen. George Patton. He received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart for his service.

Mack was a 1950 graduate of Michigan Technological University with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering and business administration. He began his career as a sales engineering trainee with Square D.

In 1965, Mack joined Ideal Industries of Sycamore, Ill., as director of corporate planning, rising to president and CEO in 1973. He held these positions until his retirement Oct. 1, 1985.

Mack and Donna Ricchiardi were married in DeKalb, Ill., Nov. 15, 1974, and lived in Sycamore, Ill., until retiring to Florida.

Donna survives in Venice. Mack is also survived by a son, Daniel Mack Johnson, and a daughter, Deborah Jane Johnson, both of California, and a daughter, Julie Ann (husband Gregg) Lauer, of Colorado; and three grandchildren, Jesse Mack Johnson, Casey Michael Arnett, and Camille Lauer.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Ann Combs; and grandsons Michael Combs and Daniel L. Johnson.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Manor Care Health Services for the compassion and care provided Mack during this past year.

Services: Cremation has been accorded, and a memorial service and burial will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla., Friday, July 25, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by National Cremation & Burial Society.