Laurence A. (Larry) Johnson, age 75, resident of Woodcock Boro, Crawford County, PA died on September 12, 2015 at Park Avenue Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Meadville, PA following a short illness. Born on April 23, 1940 in Meadville, PA, Larry was a son of the late Alfred Johnson and Rachel Elizabeth Leberman Johnson. He married the former Rosalee D. Howell on October 2, 1965 and she survives.
A lifelong resident of the Woodcock area, Larry graduated from Meadville High School and enlisted in the US Navy. During his four years of service he was a part of President Eisenhower’s People to People program that took him on a cruise all over the world. He also was engaged with the blockade during the Cuban Missile crisis.
In 1966, Larry began a 36 year career with the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad working as a trainman, conductor, train dispatcher, and chief train dispatcher, retiring in 2002. A lifetime member of the United Transportation Union, Larry held many offices while serving in Local # 596 in Albion. He also was a member of the French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society. As a volunteer, Larry was a van driver for the American Disabled Veterans Association and was a docent for the Johnson Shaw Stereoscopic Museum in Meadville.
Larry believed the teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and loved his family very much. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.
In addition to his wife, Rosalee, Larry is survived by a daughter – Tammy L. Kormos and her husband, Thomas of Greenville; a son – Troy L. Johnson and his wife, Mary of Meadville; six grandchildren – Tessa Johnson, Steven Johnson, Amanda Grey, Justin Grey, Jessica Campasino and her husband, Joe, and Amy Pond and her husband, Eddie. Surviving great grandchildren are – Quinn Yoder, Mariah McKinney, Zoeigh Grey, Joshua Campasino, Kaylin Sullivan, and Falon Johnson. Among his many surviving nieces, nephews and cousins, Larry considered as sons four exceptional nephews – Mark Chaney and his wife, Deborah; Martin Chaney and his wife, Kris; Carl Chaney and his wife, Sandy; and Curtis Chaney and his wife, Kelly.
Larry will be dearly missed by his wife, family, and friends for his outpouring of love and his witty sense of humor.
There will be no visitation or services.