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Edward Michael Johnson

April 26, 1948 May 13, 2019
Edward Michael Johnson
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Obituary for Edward Michael Johnson

Edward Michael Johnson of Commerce Township, formerly of Kalamazoo was born April 26, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois to William Frederick and Helen Theresa (nee: Kelly) Johnson. He died May 13, 2019 at the age of 71.

Mr. Johnson is the beloved husband of 49 years to Kathleen (nee: Hatch) Johnson. Loving father of Julie (Steve) Urbaniak and Michael (Erin) Johnson. Grandfather of Grace, Sydney and Landan. Dear brother of William (Pat) Johnson and Robert (Pat) Johnson. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Ed was a GM guy. He started out as a tool and die maker in the Kalamazoo Oldsmobile plant and worked his way up to management in the GM Technical Center in Warren. He could tell you the year and model of almost any car on the street based on its tail lights, whether it was a GM or not.

He loved the solving the mystery of figuring out how something wouldn’t work by taking it apart and getting it working again. Whether it was one of his beloved Corvettes or Harleys, Ed enjoyed the time he spent working on his machines. If you need help figuring out what that crazy sound coming from your car meant, Ed was your man.

As a young man, Ed developed a passion for golf. Even before he could drive, Ed and his father figured out a way to pull his golf bag behind his bike down the long trek to the golf course. He caddied and cleaned lost balls to fund his golf habit. He always believed that he could have had a future in golf had he not been drafted into the Army.

After serving in the Army, Ed married the love of his life, Kathy. They spent more than 49 years together and raised two kids together. Ed was the first in his family to go to college. He attended Western Michigan University as well as Nazareth College, from which he received his master’s degree.

To say his sense of wicked humor was dry was putting it mildly. He believed that finding the humor in the situation was the best way to make it through a rough day. Whether it was signing cards from “The Phantom” or using one of his voices to make food talk as you were eating it, he could find a way to make almost anyone smile.
Ed’s fierce love for his family was evident in everything he did. The pride glowed on his face as he regaled friends and family with stories of his children’s and grandchildren’s latest accomplishments. He was never happier than when his family was laughing around him.
He will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 340 North Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Monday 11 AM. Friends may visit Sunday 1-4 PM and Monday 10 AM until time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network appreciated.


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Visitation

Sunday

19

May

1:00 PM 5/19/2019 1:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 5/19/2019 4:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

20

May

10:00 AM 5/20/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Memorial Service

Monday

20

May

11:00 AM 5/20/2019 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Vietnam Veterans of America

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