Alton Edwin Johnson WWII vet, Du-Co Ceramics retiree, active church member, town council member

By on February 13, 2014

Alton Edwin Johnson

Alton Edwin Johnson

Alton Johnson, a resident of Luthercare, Lititz, formerly of Saxonburg, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

Born in Jamestown, N.Y. on June 21, 1925, his parents were A. Edwin and Elsa S. Berglund Johnson. Alton grew up in Lakewood, N.Y. graduating as Valedictorian from Lakewood High School. He served in the Navy 7th Fleet as an Electronic Technician’s Mate, First Class in the Philippines during WWII.

Upon his return from the Navy, Alton entered and graduated from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. In 1949, he married Dorothy M. Gustafson of Jamestown, N.Y. and they moved to Milwaukee, Wis. Four children were born there. Later they moved to Saxonburg, where Alton worked many years for Du-Co Ceramics.

Alton was active in his family, his church, his career and his community. He served many years and on many committees on the Saxonburg town council. He was a member of the American Ceramic Society and a vice president of engineering at Du-Co Ceramics. He served as an assistant lay-minister, was on the church council and a treasurer for the St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saxonburg. After his retirement he was active in the Saxonburg Summer Theater.

Alton and Dorothy had a busy family life with four children. They enjoyed their home in Saxonburg but also loved to travel to visit with their family. Alton was a wonderful caregiver to Dorothy prior to her death in 2000.

Alton is survived by his children: Craig A. Johnson (Carol) Ocala, Fla.; Dale E. Johnson (Susan) King George, Va.; Connie M. McKane (Robert) Lititz and Ann L. Wilson (Dennis) Webster Springs, W.V. Also nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were private for the family with burial at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Jamestown, N.Y.

If desired, send a memorial contribution to St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church PO Box 187 Saxonburg PA 16056.

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