Harold E. Johnson, 89, of Huron, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, January 23, 2021, surrounded by his family at his home after a lengthy illness.
Born on February 7, 1931 in Lawrenceville, Illinois, the son of Christopher Merlin and Dortha (Peters) Johnson.
He graduated in 1949 from Lincoln High School in Vincennes, Indiana. Harold attended Vincennes University until he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving with distinction aboard the USS Papago during the Korean Conflict. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal. Once he was honorably discharged in 1954, he returned to pursue his higher education at Indiana State University in Terra Haute, Indiana where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Education in 1958. Harold received his Master's Degree in Education Administration in 1968 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Beyond those studies his pursuit of learning continued in his post graduate work at Wright State University, Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University.
He taught classes at Lincoln High School in Rockford, Illinois and then onto Sidney High School, where he coached Junior High football. While at Sidney, he stepped out of the classroom to become the Assistant Principal. In 1968 he moved to Bellefontaine High School serving as Principal until 1972. In 1972, he moved on to first becoming Principal of Perkins High School until 1978, when he became the Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum and Instruction until his retirement in 1986. Perkins Schools always remained part of his heart. Harold continued his passion to serve his community as the Erie County Zoning Inspector and Community Development and then moved on as a realtor with Disbrow Reality, until finally fully retiring in 1993.
If you think he was finished and ready to relax, think again. Throughout his life he also was heavily involved in the Masonic Lodge. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, The Shriners, and the American Legion Post #83. He traveled all over the State of Florida as the President of the High Twelve Club. Harold, throughout the years, was also an avid fisherman and boater.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Mary Lou Baty Johnson of Huron; his children, Ronald Johnson of Coldwater, OH, Victoria (James) Bickley, Lisa Blake, Scott (Sue) Johnson and Rebecca (Thomas) Tezloff, all of Sandusky; his grandchildren, James (Eva) Bickley III, Katie Johnson, Christopher (Angela) Blake and Meghan Tetzloff; his great-grandchildren, Brenna Bickley, James Bickley IV, Annaliesa, Gabriel, and Amelia Blake; along with 3 stepchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren. Also, he is survived by his sister, Phyllis (James) Knauf of Hudson, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Susan Johnson of Mooresville, IN; and many nieces and nephews; along with his beloved dog, Molly.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Elzora "Zo" Ann (Godare) Johnson on September 17, 2006; his parents; two grandsons, Joshua E. Johnson (2018) and Alex M. "Tank" Tetzloff (2016); a sister, Wanda Haag; and a brother, Norbert Johnson.
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, there will be no visitation. Private services will be held with family and close friends at a later date. Burial will be in Perkins Cemetery. Rev. Pamela Sayre of Huron United Methodist Church officiating.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Alex "Tank" Tetzloff Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1514 Kingsley Circle N, Sandusky, OH 44870; the "Cancer Tees Me Off", 1515 E. Perkins Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Arrangements are entrusted to the David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky.
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