SIKESTON -- Charles D. Johnson, 86, died Dec. 5, 2008 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
He was born July 4, 1922, near Grant City, son of the late Roy M. and Hallie (Wyatt) Johnson.
Charles joined the local National Guard in 1939, where his unit was later activated on Sept. 23, 1940. During his five years of service in the U.S. Army, he was a staff sergeant with the 79th Infantry Division. On June 6, 1944, he participated in the invasion of Europe at Omaha Beach. On July 23, 1944, at St. Lo, France, he was shot and wounded. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Battle Star; Conduct Ribbon; American Defense Ribbon; and European African and Middle Eastern Defense Ribbon.
After 25 years, he retired from Jarvis Motor Co. in 1970, and operated Johnson's Tractor and Auto Supply until 1980.
Charles was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sikeston, where he served as a Deacon and, along with his wife, was a Sunday school teacher for many years.
Charles was a prominent member of the Sikeston Civic Community; he served as a District Commissioner for the SEMO Council of Boy Scouts of America (1958-1962), Worshipful Master of Sikeston Lodge 310 AF&AM (1960), President of the Kiwanis Club (1980) and President of the Heritage House Senior Citizens Board (1992).
On Dec. 6, 1946, in Sikeston, he married Carleen Lewis; she survives of the home.
He is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Kay Johnson of Morley and Bill and Mary Johnson of Sikeston; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Gail Aubert of Topeka, Kan., Helen Johnson of Chandler, Ariz., Joanne and Lecil Lambert of Sikeston; Betty and Bill Taylor of Murphysboro, Ill., and Bonnie and Jerry Stinkski of Healsdsburg, Calif.
Charles was the loving uncle of numerous nieces and nephews.
Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
Friends may call Tuesday, Dec. 9, from noon until time of funeral services at 2 p.m. at Ponder Funeral Home. The Rev. Ed Pangburn, minister to the seniors of First Christian Church, will officiate.
Burial with full military honors will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
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Memorial contributions may be made to:
Missouri Veterans Home
2400 Veterans Memorial Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701