Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 31, 2012

Harold R. Johnson Jr.

Nov. 21, 1912-Dec. 31, 2012


GOSHEN — Harold R. Johnson Jr.

Nov. 21, 1912-Dec. 31, 2012

BLOOMINGTON — Harold R. “Cap” Johnson, Jr., 100, died Monday morning at IU Health Hospice House.

Born Nov. 21, 1912 in Goshen, he was the son of Harold R. Johnson Sr. and Mable (Holtzinger) Johnson.

He was an automotive engineer with Studebaker in South Bend, American Motors and later for Chrysler Corporation, both in the United States and China. He received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in South Bend, where he was a superintendent of a Sunday school which now has become a shelter for the homeless. He later attended the United Methodist Church in Syracuse and also St. Mark’s in Bloomington. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and Pi Kappa Phi. Harold served during World War II and retired from the military reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and John Woodcock of Bloomington; three grandchildren, Jaime (Tom) Vermillion, of Morgantown, Rob Bola (fiance, Rebecca Agbe-Davies) of Los Angeles, Calif. and Andrew “Drew” (Chiharu) Bola of Japan; six stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, Sara and Rick Bola-Tsukakura of Japan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Twanette (Blender) Johnson and Lucy (Shoemaker) Johnson; and one brother, Jerry Johnson.

A celebration of life service will take place this summer at Violett Cemetery in Goshen.

Friends may visit the family at Day Funeral Home in Bloomington Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be given to IU Health Bloomington Hospice, American Heart Association or to the United Way of Monroe County.

Online condolences may be given at www.DayFuneralServices.com.