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July 8, 2013

William (Bill) Bernard Johnson

MEADVILLE — William (Bill) Bernard Johnson, 78, of 10365 Center Drive, Meadville, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at home.

William (Bill) was born in Schenectady, N.Y., on March 31, 1935, a son of the late William D. and Gladys Cotton Johnson. On Sept. 24, 1988, Bill married Diana Bavera; she survives. He had previously married Sandra Caldwell in October 1957.

After growing up in Schenectady, Bill moved to Meadville in 1947 where his father began the local Culligan franchise. A 1953 graduate of Meadville High School, he was also a graduate of Erie Business College. In 1955 Bill entered the U.S. Army and served his country until his honorable discharge in 1957. Following his discharge, he became employed by Culligan Water Conditioning, Erie, and worked for the Pennsylvania National Guard, Meadville. After moving to Colorado, he became employed as assistant purchasing agent for KC Construction Supply Co., Denver, Colo., then as assistant purchasing agent for University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, and later as purchasing agent for Presbyterian Medical Services of the Southwest, Santa Fe, N.M. Having relocated to Indiana, he became employed as director of purchasing for Anderson General Hospital, Anderson, Ind. Upon his return to Meadville, he became owner/operator of Culligan Water Condition, until his retirement in 1988.

An active member of the community, Bill had been involved with Community Theaters, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, The United Way, Associated Charities, American Cancer Society, The Rotary Club, Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, Elks Club, Masonic Club, American Red Cross, Humane Society, the VA Clinic and Presque Isle Woodturners Club. He had also been a member of the National Purchasing Directors Association, Worldwide Water Society and the Water Quality Association.

Bill was a very generous and caring person. He always had a positive attitude and started every day off with a smile. He had a way of making everyone feel at ease with his sense of humor and enjoyed good conversation. Bill was patriotic and waved the American flag with pride. He loved sitting around campfires, classical music and traveling throughout the United States, especially enjoying the rocky coast of Maine. Bill was one of a kind, enthusiastic, and he truly loved his family. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his wife, Diana, of 24 years, Bill is survived by two sons, Mark Johnson and his wife, Debbie, of Spring, Texas, and Todd Johnson and his wife, Elaine, of Shoemakersville; two stepsons, Casey Bavera and his wife, Cortney, of Worthington, and Nicholas Bavera of Apollo; eight grandchildren, Theresa, Ryan, Frank, Kelli, Christopher, Joshua, Giovonni and Gianna; and a great-grandchild on the way; a sister, Katherine Roberts of Waxhaw, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Cheryl Muth and her husband, Bob, of Meadville, and Sandra DelaPaz of San Antonio, Texas; a brother-in-law, David Van Riper Jr. of Meadville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his stepmother, Alta Johnson.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., with Pastor Temple Jarrell of New Beginnings Church of God officiating.

Interment will take place in Greendale Cemetery, West Mead Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335; or American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205-4620; or Humane Society of Crawford County, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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