DAVID JOHNSON JR

David Johnson, Jr., 93, of Parker, CO, formerly of Cheyenne, WY; Denver, CO; and Canton, OH, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in Parker.

Dave was born November 10, 1925, in Martins Ferry, OH, a son of the late David H. and Agnes E. (Poyntz) Johnson, and spent his childhood as a member of the First United Methodist Church in Martins Ferry.

Dave began his career at the Times Leader in Martins Ferry, before serving in the United States Merchant Marines during World War II. He was very proud of this time of service to his country. He married the love of his life, Virginia Lee Jones, on July 20, 1946, in Martins Ferry, OH. He later worked again in the printing industry, rising to the position of business executive which he maintained throughout his professional career.

During his lifetime he was also a member of the United Methodist Church, serving as a lay speaker, then lay minister. He served as lay minister of the Carpenter United Methodist Church in WY, for nine years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years, ascending to the level of 32nd degree.

Dave and Virginia lived their 64 years together in Martins Ferry and Canton, OH; Denver, CO; and Cheyenne, WY.

Dave was devoted to his family and to helping others.

He served as a volunteer for the United Medical Center Hospice in Cheyenne for many years and received the Hospice Johnson-Thumack Award, appropriately named for Virginia’s previous service, for his dedication.

Dave is survived by his three children, Bonnie J. Lavinder of Aurora, CO, David E. Johnson (Evelyn) of Canton, OH, and Janice J. Ghorashi (Hossein) of Knoxville, TN; brother, Russell A. Johnson (Savaria) of Canton, OH; seven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Virginia L. Johnson; his brothers, Tom Johnson and Charles Johnson; and his grandson, Carson R. Sangid of Knoxville.

A Celebration of Life will be held by his family on Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Martins Ferry, where he will be buried in the family cemetery with his beloved wife.

An invitation is extended to all to attend. Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.schradercares.com. Expressions of sympathy in Dave’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army.