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Robert Wayne "Corney" Johnson Sr., 86

April 10, 2012

Robert Wayne "Corney" Johnson Sr., 86, Millcreek, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012, after a long illness.

He was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Bells Landing, Clearfield Township, a son of the late Wayne and Wanda (Hatch) Johnson.

For 68 years, he was married to Eleanor White Johnson, who survives.

He attended Mahaffey High School in Clearfield County and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Johnson moved to Erie in 1953 and was employed by General Electric in the locomotive department and Ruberoid Roofing, and he retired from the U.S. Post Office as a mail carrier after 33 years.

He was a member of Trout Unlimited, Powder Gun Club, Sportsmen’s Athletic Club and the American Legion.

Mr. Johnson loved to hunt and fish, and he spent many free days at his hunting cabin in Bells Landing with his family and many friends.

He built his log cabin himself, along with his family and his good friend, the late Earl Wurst, with pine trees he grew and cut himself.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include three sons, R. Wayne Johnson Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev., Dwight Johnson and wife Cheryl of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Charles Johnson and wife Sheryl of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Lorraine Brown and husband Carl of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Kimberly, Amanda and husband Gregory, Andrea, Alexis and husband Michael, Morgan, Brandon, Alan and Craig and wife Trish; and four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Lisette, Rain and Enrico.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Seibert and Nora Lee White; and a grandson, Jason.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th (at Powell Ave.).

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Owen officiating.

A private interment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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