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George Henry JOHNSON

April 10, 1926 - April 2, 2015

Obituary


George Henry Johnson, 88, passed away April 2nd, 2015 at home with his wife of 69 years, Nancy (Christman), by his side.





George was born April 10, 1926 in VanWert, Ohio. After graduating from Upper Arlington High School, the Navy took him to the University of Michigan, where he got his BA in 1946 and then attended Engineering School. As number “77,” he played football for U of M in 1945 and won the national championship in 1947, beating USC in the Rose Bowl 49-0. While he was at Michigan, he...

George Henry Johnson, 88, passed away April 2nd, 2015 at home with his wife of 69 years, Nancy (Christman), by his side.





George was born April 10, 1926 in VanWert, Ohio. After graduating from Upper Arlington High School, the Navy took him to the University of Michigan, where he got his BA in 1946 and then attended Engineering School. As number “77,” he played football for U of M in 1945 and won the national championship in 1947, beating USC in the Rose Bowl 49-0. While he was at Michigan, he asked girlfriend Nancy’s father for her hand in marriage. Her dad said “No, not until you get your degree and a real job.” Thus began a 39 year career with Chevrolet/General Motors. George started his tenure shoveling sand at Saginaw Grey Iron Foundry, eventually rising to Director of Purchasing for Chevrolet. His last three years were served as Director of Operations at Allison Gas Turbine in Indianapolis.





George was a lifelong athlete, playing paddleball, jogging, and coaching his kids’ teams. A true golf nut, he belonged to multiple country clubs, Crystal Downs in Frankfort, Michigan and Gator Creek in Sarasota, Florida being two of his favorites. After retirement from General Motors, George fulfilled a lifelong dream by obtaining his pilot’s license and a Cessna, flying extensively for some years. George was a lifetime member of the U of M Alumni Club and the letterman’s “M Club.”





George is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; sons Craig (Patti), Jeffrey, and Bruce; daughter Martha (Tom) Cook; grandchildren Justin (Ashley), Kinsey, Elizabeth, Craig, Philip Cook, and Amanda Machan (Charles); great grandsons, Jackson Cook, Ashton Henry, and Austin Gene Johnson.





George was preceded in death by his parents Martha and Albert, and brother Don. Memorial services to be held at Waterman Village in Mount Dora, Florida and next summer interment in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Attn: Dan’s Courage Crew, 2215 Citygate Drive, Suite A, Columbus, Ohio 43219.





GO BLUE!