LT. COL. LEROY JOHNSON (USAF RET.)LT. COL. LEROY JOHNSON (USAF RET.) LeRoy Johnson, 84, was born in Bridgeton, N.J., to George and Fannie Johnson. He passed away peacefully with family at his side at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 26, 2014. LeRoy is survived by his spouse of 58 years Juanita, daughters Kathleen Cowsert (Lawrence Webster) and Sylvia Hohmeier, and grandchildren Leah (Myles) Strid, and Jared (Hannah) Hohmeier. After enlisting as an Airman in the United States Air Force in June of 1952, he served only a short while before his superiors recognized his potential. In February of 1954, he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, in the Meteorologist field and predicted the weather for the USAF including direct support for Air Force One, as well as assisting NASA and the US Navy with the Apollo Space Program splash downs and retrievals in the Pacific Ocean. During his military career, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and numerous other commendations. He obtained his Master's degree through the University of Southern California and was an alumnus of Trenton State and University of Washington. Even though he didn't fly for the Air Force, he did earn his private pilot's license. After a successful military career, he retired in 1973 and worked for EDS for a short time, assisting with writing the source code for the Hawaiian Library system allowing for the present check in and out system using bar codes. His passion for education led him to join the staff of Leeward Community College as an associate professor teaching Computer Science. He volunteered as an AARP Tax Coordinator and Assistant, dog therapist for St. Francis West Hospital, the Bishop Museum, River of Life, Wahiawa General Hospital and various equestrian groups. He supported both daughters' horseback riding endeavors through 4-H and United States Pony Club, and used his melodic voice as a horse show announcer for many years. He was very active in his churches, Wheeler Army Chapel and Mililani Presbyterian Church. The celebration of his life and internment at Punch Bowl National Cemetery will take place on September 2, 2014. Mahalo to the wonderful staff at Tripler, especially the ICU, for their tremendous and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hawaiian Humane Society or the Bishop Museum.
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