January 21, 1925 ~ September 23, 2009
William Wells Johnson, 84, a resident of Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, died Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at Deerfield Health Center.
A native of West Chester, PA, Mr. Johnson was the son of the late John Elwyn and Amy Wells Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Johnson.
He was educated in West Chester, PA public schools and was a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After serving three years in the Army during WWII, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in Philadelphia, later CONRAIL, and after 43 years, he retired from the railroad business in 1985.
He was a former resident on Winchester, VA, Springfield, Delaware Co, PA and Glenmoore, PA. He and his wife, Jean lived in Hendersonville for 10 years before relocating to Deerfield in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Rose Johnson; one daughter, Anne Keely and her husband, Dr. Peter Keely, of Williamsport, PA; three sons, William W. Johnson, Jr. and his wife, Dianna, of Annville, PA, the Reverend Haydn James McLean and his wife, Gale, of New Holland, PA and James D. McLean and his wife, Patti, of Birdsboro, PA as well as twelve grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 3, 2009 in the St. Giles Chapel at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community with the Revs. Morgan Gardner and Haydn J. McLean officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service in St. Giles Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community Residency Fund, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.
I just learned of Bill’s passing and want you to know how much the two of you have meant to me. I always enjoyed my time with Bill. He had a gentle nature about him and a smile that could light up the room.
I have always admired you, Jean. You have shown love and courage as you journeyed down the path that Bill’s health took you. You will never know how comforting your smiles and words were to me as we would pass in the hallways with our loved ones with us. I knew that you knew exactly how it felt to love one so dear and see them slip through your fingers.
In this time, please let me assure you that you were wonderful to Bill and gave him the best life he could possibly have.
With my deepest sympathy,
Dear Cousin Jean, We are very sorry for your loss and we are sorry we can not be with you for the service. Love to you and all.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am sorry we will be unable to be with you during the service. God Bless and may the lord be with you during this diffcult time.