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Raymond Douglas Johnson
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Birth: Dec. 7, 1913
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 2008
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA

Raymond Douglas Johnson, 94, Austin, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. Raymond was born on December 7, 1913 in Austin to parents William Turner Johnson and Tennie Roberta Smith. An Austin native and lifelong resident, Raymond grew up in Austin's 10th ward and graduated from Austin High School in 1931. His family owned three Johnson and Johnson Grocery Stores in Austin and Raymond worked at each through his youth. Also after graduation he embarked on two different cross country trips where he visited a total of 43 States on his Indian Motorcycle. Raymond was a veteran of WWII were he provided distinguished service as a Flight Officer and Glider Pilot. He served in Germany and during Operation Varsity he landed his glider behind enemy lines during the largest single-day airborne operation of the War. He was the recipient of the Air Medal and Presidential Unit Citation and the Bronze Star. Upon his return to Austin, Raymond worked for Precision Woodworking where he was a cabinet maker. Concerned that there would not be many more houses built in Austin he found a more stable career with the U.S. Postal Service where he worked until he retired as the Superintendent at the Austin Mail Facility shortly after he was widowed in 1973. He purchased rural property on Lake Austin in 1937 and went on to build what would be his lifelong home in 1946. Raymond served for mamy years as the Chief of the River Hills Volunteer Fire Department before passing the position to his sons. He also served as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 91 in Austin. Raymond had a passion for helping people and impacted many young lives by taking in family and non-family during tough times, straightening them out and then returning them to the world. He was an animal lover who had many wonderful friendships with his dogs over the years. Raymond will be remembered as a terrific story teller and the consummate practical joker who was rarely seen without his trademark cigar in his mouth. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Raymond will be truly missed by so many. Raymond
was preceded in death by his parents William and Tennie Johnson, loving wife Patsy Louise Johnson, infant son Melvin Douglas Johnson, sisters Jessie Anna Waltrip and Irma Lee Porsch and brother J.W Johnson. Raymond is survived by his sons, Dr. Raymond D. Johnson Jr. and wife Kim and Billy Pete Johnson and wife Susan; grandchildren, Amber George and husband Justin, Roxi Tsakas and husband Tasos, Cody Johnson, Jacki Barrientes, John Parker, Jessica Parker, Tabitha Bailey and Chance Barrow; great grandchildren, Maggie George, Austin George, Javen Barrientes, Jays Barrientes, and Tristan Tsakas and his niece, Oeggy Aldridge and husband Jim. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Committal services with Military Honors and Taps played by Raymond's nephew B.A. Waltrip Jr. will follow at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial
Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Drift Inn Wildlife Sanctuary, 400 York Creek Rd.; Driftwood, TX 78619, or to the charity of your choice. The family has established a website in Raymond's honor at www.MeM.com Visitors to the site may view photos and tributes as well as sign the online guestbook and leave voice greetings.
 
 
Burial:
Cook Walden-Forest Oaks Memorial Park
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Jack Johnson
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34054470
Raymond Douglas Johnson
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Raymond Douglas Johnson
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Raymond Douglas Johnson
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Thank you for a life well lived and for your brave service to our country.
- Darlene T.
 Added: Mar. 14, 2010
 
 
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