John W. "Jack" Johnson
John W. "Jack" Johnson
October 14, 1929 ‐ May 21, 2022
John W. “Jack” Johnson, aged 92, passed peacefully at his home in Westlake, Ohio, Saturday, May 21, 2022 with family members present.
He was born October 14, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio to parents Wesley Wagner Johnson and Helen Roberts Johnson.He was a graduate of University School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, Class of 1948, where he excelled in football, baseball and soccer. He attended The Ohio State University.
Jack joined the Air Force in 1952 during the Korean conflict. He served as a First Lieutenant with the USAF Air Training Command (predecessor to SAC). Serving as a flight instructor, Jack had the privilege of flying both fighters and bombers at the dawn of the jet age.
In February 1953 he married Elsa Linnae Klindt of Rocky River and they promptly re-located to the Orlando Air Force Base. Sons John and Jeff were born while he was stationed there.
The family moved back to the Cleveland area in the late 1950s and settled in Bay Village. Son James was born in the early 1960s. Jack ran several companies, including his family’s Stadler Fertilizer Company and the Goodyear store in Vermilion, Ohio.
His passions included his love of boating, flying and his family. During the summer, Jack was a fixture on his boat, the Dove II, at the Vermillion Yacht Club. On his winter vacations, he was known as “The Kite Guy” on Siesta Beach in Sarasota, FL where he would entertain beachgoers with the flying of his elaborate kites.
After his wife Elsa passed in 1995, Jack found love and companionship with the late Janet K. Whittemore. They spent some twenty years together enjoying boating and family.
Jack is survived by his only sibling, Joan Edmiston of South Carolina. He is also survived by his three sons, twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren:
Son John (Ella); son Jeff (Gabrielle) and son Jim (Lisa).
Grandchildren John F. Johnson III, Katie Berne (Philip); Dr. David Johnson (Dr. Salina); and Daniel Johnson.
Grandchildren Kristen Parken (Rob); Jeffrey Johnson (Rosie); Ashlee Edmonds (Joe); and Julie Zizelman (Kyle).
Grandchildren (M. Jacob)“Jake” Johnson (Lauren Graessle), Luke Johnson, Jack Johnson and Joy Johnson.
Great-grandchildren are Jack, Henry and Collin Berne; Adelle and Paris Parken; Noah Johnson; Otto and Waylan Edmonds; and Adeline Zizelman.
Burial will be at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, OH on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Military honors will be held.