- December 07, 2007
Russell Johnson, age 56, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2007.
Russell was born and raised in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a scout pilot in Vietnam, earning two Purple Hearts and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He was employed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for 34 years, working in both the Everglades and the Santa Rosa County regions. He enjoyed the many adventures of his job. He also enjoyed flying, fishing, boating and making others laugh and smile. He was a member of East Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his father and mother, Russell "Tim" and Jessie Alma Johnson; and a very special niece, Summer Bandstra. Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Pat Johnson; three sisters, Nellie Ruth (Jerry) Simmons, Frankie (David) Drake and Virginia Woolweaver; two brothers, Dale (Bunny) and Tommy (Emily) Johnson; his mother-in-law, Jonnie Travis; sister-in-law, Vicki Bandstra and brother-in-law, David; and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.
Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, Dec. 13, at Lewis Funeral Home Milton Chapel with Navy Chaplain Riggs officiating. Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to time of services. Active and honorary pallbearers will be members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Santa Rosa High Schools, Site Program, 5330 Berryhill Road, Milton, FL 32570. Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, is in charge of arrangements.