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Roy Arthur Johnson, Jr

  • Birth 20 Jun 1928 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 23 Mar 2012 Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Body donated to medical science
  • Memorial ID 87273878

Roy A. Johnson, 83, of New Windsor, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.

Born June 20,1928, in Chicago, he was the son of the late Roy A. Sr. and Betty Weber Johnson. He was the husband of Gladys Adams Johnson, his wife of 58 years.

He grew up in Elgin, Ill., and has lived in New Windsor for the past 26 years.

Graduating from Elgin High School, he attended MIT for two years on a scholarship. Growing moral concerns and religious interests led to degrees from North Central College and Bethany Seminary in Illinois, and Andover-Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. Licensed to the ministry in the Church of the Brethren, he served pastorates in Illinois, Ohio and Maryland.

In addition, he served as chaplain at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and as a fundraiser for MIT. In recent years, he had served several churches in interim pastorate positions.

While pastoring the Westminster Church of the Brethren, he helped to develop HOPE Inc., which provided low income housing through rehabilitation, he participated in the Human Relations Group and served on the Board of the Association for Retarded Children.

For several years, via the American Baptist Extension Corporation in Pennsylvania, his interest in alternative energy led to his working with churches who were remodeling. Subsequently, he designed and built two solar houses in the Westminster area and designed two solar-heated churches in Maryland. In 1984, on a three-month sabbatical, he studied churches throughout the United States using solar and wind energy sources, resulting in a book titled "Sunbeams and Sanctuaries."

For more than 40 years, he and his wife often gathered with three other couples, the "A to Z" group for support, activities, and travel.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children and spouses Joanna and Jim Dudley, of Charlotte, N.C., Tim and Cathy Johnson, of State College, Pa., Debbie and Kevin Anway, of Seattle, Judi Redona, of Frederick, Jim and Jean Rodberg Johnson, of Gaithersburg, and John Johnson, of Harrisburg, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; and friends, Bill and Dot Achor, and Sam and Doris Pierce. Surviving siblings are Carol (Jim) Rush and Ben Johnson, both of Sun City, Arizona. He was predeceased by friends Ira and Mary Zepp.

In keeping with his service to others, he chose to donate his body for dementia research to the Anatomy Gifts Registry in Hanover, Md.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, 124 S. Main St., Union Bridge. Visitation will be held at the service in the church's Fellowship Hall.

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  • Added: 24 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87273878
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