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Services Saturday for Herbert E. Johnson, age 97

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Herbert E. Johnson, age 97, of Porter, IN, formerly of Portage, IN, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Valparaiso, IN. Herbert was born in Rensselaer, IN on October 2nd, 1919 to Gus & Ellen (Ahlin) Johnson.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Velma (Whitaker) Johnson; son, James (Patty) Johnson of Hobart, IN; daughters, Judith (Don) Tharp of Chesterton, IN and Janet (Joe) Wagner of Merrillville, IN; 8 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Walfred Johnson; and granddaughter, Dawn Vespo.

Herbert served in the U.S. Army and was a former member of the Portage American Legion Post #260. He retired from U.S. Steel in 1982 after 35 years of service. He was an active member of New Life Wesleyan Church for many years and he enjoyed doing charity work.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, with Pastor Allen Wright officiating.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123 or

Online condolences to the family may be made at


Posted 1/6/2017




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