Jerome A. Johnson

April 28, 1924 ~ August 26, 2022 (age 98)


Jerome A. Johnson, 98, of Parma Heights, OH passed away peacefully on Friday, August 26, 2022. His wife, the love of his life for 73 years, Iris, son Mark, and daughter Colleen, were at his side.  Jerry was born in Omaha, NE on April 28, 1924.  He and Iris Mogensen were married on November 24, 1949. Also surviving are his children Mark (Mary) Johnson of Findlay, OH, Kimberly (Dave) Carr of Atlanta, GA and Colleen (Ed)Hoge of Hinckley, OH; his grandchildren Jeramey (Matt) Shaw, Abigail Johnson, Brianne Carr, Morgan Carr, Shelby (Zach) Strohl; and great grandchildren Millie and Emmie Shaw.

Jerry graduated from Holy Name High School in 1942 and had applied to the US Naval Academy.  Unfortunately, he received his acceptance letter while in a fox hole in Belgium. He’d enlisted in the Army Infantry Reserve in December 1942 and was ordered to active duty in March 1943.  After training in electrical engineering, he was deployed to the Ardennes Forest in December 1944, serving our country in the 75th Infantry Division.  After his discharge from WWII service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1949 and embarked on a 40-year career as a professional engineer in the aerospace industry.  Jerry was recalled to duty and served in the Korean War, earning the rank of First Lieutenant.  Upon his discharge in 1952, Iris and Jerry returned to Omaha to begin their lives as a family.  For the last 59 years the family lived in Parma Heights, OH, where Jerry worked as an aerospace engineer for NASA.  His work often took family to Cocoa Beach, FL, which all think of fondly as a second home.  Jerry retired from the former Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, OH in 1988.  Jerry kept very busy with his favorite sport of tennis, constantly frustrating his opponents with his brilliant, ambidextrous style!  And he never tired of having fun with his five granddaughters.  He was greatly

loved by all who knew him.

Private family services were held. Memorials may be made to Holy Martyrs Church, 3100 Weymouth Road, Medina, OH 44256.

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