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The Rev. I. Dewayne Johnson, 89, of 411 Toby Rd., Kersey, died on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born March 10, 1923 in Toby, a son of the late Victor C. and Daisy Moyer Johnson.
On May 20, 1951 in Brandy Camp United Methodist Church, he married Ardith Trumbull
Johnson, who survives.
Rev. Johnson was a member of the Western PA Conference of United Methodist Ministers, having served fi ve charges over the years, including Haze, Summerville, Rockwood, Tarrs, and Mahaffey.
He was a graduate of DuBois Business College and entered the ministry in 1967, retiring in 1988. He also served in the U.S. Army, having served during WWII. He was a member of the Dagus Mines Legion. He was an accomplished musician and greatly enjoyed playing the organ. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife of more than 61 years, Ardith Trumbull Johnson, he is survived by three sons, Ken Johnson and his wife Carol of Brookville, Craig Johnson and his wife Jennifer of State College, and the Rev. Douglas Johnson and his wife Christine of Mount Pleasant; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice Mae, Mrs. William Murnaghan of Ridgway.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bryan Johnson in 2004; one daughter in infancy; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Johnson; a brother, the Rev. Richard Johnson; and two sisters, Doretha Lilja and Marie Carlson.
Funeral services for the Rev. I. Dewayne Johnson will be held at the Kersey United Methodist Church in Kersey, on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Joni Williams and his son, the Rev. Douglas Johnson, offi ciating. Burial will follow in the Brandy Camp Cemetery in Kersey.
Visitation will be at the Thompson Funeral Home, 136 Center St., Ridgway, on Friday from 5-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Toby United Methodist Church, C/O
Lois Jordan, 421 Toby Rd., Kersey, PA 15846.
Thompson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.