Charles D. Johnson
Charles D. Johnson, 82, of Philipsburg, died Thursday, December 29, 2016, at his residence.
Born June 9, 1934, in (Old Moshannon) RD Osceola Mills, he was a son of the late Charles L. and Margaret H. (Cartwright) Johnson.
Charles was a 1953 graduate of the former Osceola Mills High School. He was an U. S. Army Veteran.
He was married on August 1, 1959, at the Osceola Mills United Methodist Church, to the former Dorothy E. “Dottie” Sankey, whom survives at home.
Charles and his business partner, Leo Daugherty, owned and operated the former J & L Bit Company, Philipsburg.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a Life Member of the B.P.O. Elks and Country Club #1173, both of Philipsburg. Charles was a member of the Nittany Lion Club, State College. He was an avid fan of both Penn State Football and P-O Mountie sports. He was also a former member of the Moshannon Lodge, #391, F. & A.M. and the Valley of Williamsport Consistory.
Charles was an adept fly fisherman and he had tied his own flies since his teenage years. Charles, his family members and his “fishing buddies” made countless trips over the years to the Ingleby area of Penn’s Creek to fly fish for trout on one of his favorite limestone streams.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lois Albright; one infant sister; and four brothers-in-law: Melvin Albright, Essington E. Sankey, Russell Winters and Lewis Davenport.
In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by one daughter, Laurie Smeal and her husband, Ken, of Philipsburg; one son, Jeff Johnson and his wife, Sherry, of Philipsburg; six grandchildren, whom he called “the lights of his life”: Adam Smeal, of Philipsburg, Molly Smeal, of Stow, Ohio, Benjamin, Matthew, Nicholas and Megan Johnson, all of Philipsburg; three sisters: Elizabeth Winters, of Philipsburg, Margaret Davenport, of Orwigsburg, and Patricia Johnson, of Philipsburg; one brother, Dennis L. Johnson and his wife, Charlotte, of Beech Creek; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Reichard and her husband, Edward, of Pittsburgh, and Audrey Smith, of DuBois; one brother-in-law, Thomas R. Sankey and his wife, Jean, of Osceola Mills; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Monday, January 2, 2017, at 11:00 am, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 121 S. Front Street, Philipsburg, with Rev. Brenda K. Leigey and Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Reichard, nephew of the deceased, Co-Officiating.
A visitation at the church will be on Monday from 10:00 am until the time of the memorial service.
Memorial contributions may be made in Charles’ name to either Trinity United Methodist Church, 121 S. Front Street, Philipsburg, Pa 16866 or Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front Street, Philipsburg, Pa 16866.
The family would like to thank AseraCare Hospice, especially Pastor Mary, Tammy, Jolene and Juanita; and Charles’ loyal caregiver, Kandee Hosterman, for her empathy and the care and comfort she provided Charles and the family over the past number of years.
The arrangements are under the direction of the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 E. Spruce Street, Philipsburg.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and share memories at www.beezerheathfh.com