RUDY H. JOHNSONRudy H Johnson, 92, passed away on Sept. 13, 2013 in Aitkin, Minn.
Rudy H Johnson, 92, passed away on Sept. 13, 2013 in Aitkin, Minn.
He lived all his life in Duluth, and at a winter home in Florida. He graduated from Central High School in 1939 and served with the 8th Air Force in England during World War II. His service began on July 23, 1942, and ended on Jan. 14, 1947. He was assigned to the 338th Bomb Group. As a 2nd lieutenant, Mr. Johnson was a pilot of a four-engine plane. On June 6, 1944, he was shot down over Munich, Germany. He was wounded and captured. During his time as a POW, he was part of several marches across Germany and also spent 10 months in Stalag Luft III until liberation. Stalag Luft III was located in what is today Zagan, Poland. This prison held mostly captured American and British air forces and was controlled by the German air force equivalent, the Luftwaffe. Rudy’s highest rank was 1st Lieutenant. He received European-African-Middle East and American Theater ribbons. He also received a World War II Victory Medal as well as a Purple Heart.
Rudy was an ex-business manager and financial secretary for IBEW local No. 31. He retired from MN Power in 1983. He was a member of Veteran of Foreign War post No. 137 of Duluth, American Legion post No. 0071 of Duluth, American ex-POW, Disabled American Veterans No. 6 and American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife Ruby; daughters, Cheryl (Fred) Johnson, Janine (Jerry) Taylor, Denice (Russell Holman) Johnson, Susan (Jim Pearson) Neff, Sharon (Greg) Rider; 10 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.
VISITATION: 9:30 a.m. until the 10 a.m. memorial service on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 in Cremation Society of Minnesota 4100 Grand Ave. Duluth. Interment will be at Sunrise Memorial Park with Military honors accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard. Memorials may be directed to Disabled American Veterans. Services entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota 218-624-5200