John M. Johnson

Published 3:02 pm Thursday, August 24, 2023

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

FRANKLIN – John Michael Johnson, 83, passed away Aug. 23, 2023 in his home with his family by his side. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he was the son of the late John and Mary Ann Zelenak Johnson.

John was a Navy veteran and retired from AT&T. He was a member and former treasurer of Bethel Assembly of God. John’s passion was trains and he was a Master Model Railroader. He was published in Modern Railroad Magazine in 2019 because of his expertise in the field. His works are also displayed in the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 57 years, Brenda Waff Johnson; three daughters, Andrea Cherie Gatten of Franklin, Joy Lynn Johnston of Hamilton, New Jersey and Charlene Ann Johnson of Franklin and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Bethel Assembly of God, 8904 S. Quay Road, Suffolk, VA 23437 with Pastor Becky Rudash officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Bethel Assembly of God.