Charles E. Johnson, 91: Army veteran, lifelong truck driver

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Charles E. Johnson, 91, died April 9 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Brewer Nov. 20, 1922, a son of Einar P. and Jennie Johnson. He graduated from Brewer High School, class of 1942.

Immediately following high school, Johnson entered the U.S. Army. He served in the 31st Tank Battalion within the 3rd and 7th Armies commanded by Gen. George S. Patton. He participated in major campaigns against German forces, including North Africa, Normandy, northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) and Central Europe.

Upon discharge from the Army, he began his lifelong career as a truck driver. He drove for several trucking companies and retired from Merrill Transport in 1986. In retirement, he continued his driving career working for North Atlantic Moving and also delivering vehicles for local car dealerships.

He married Lorraine Dodge on June 19, 1948, at Thornton Heights Methodist Church in South Portland. They enjoyed traveling and camping in their RV, taking multiple trips to campgrounds in Maine, several winters in Florida and in 1990,  across the U.S.

He was predeceased by a brother, Alfred Johnson, and sister, Marie Corey.

He is survived by his loving wife; daughter, Susan Coolbrith and husband, Herbert, of Bangor; two sons, Charles W. Johnson and fiancée, Vicki Moore, of Westbrook and Paul A. Johnson and wife, Patricia, of Baldwin; seven grandchildren, Karen, Katrina, Kevin, Chuck, Jennifer, Paul Michael and Jessica; and eight great-grandchildren, Brandon, Katherine, Jack, Ashley, Tyler, Madison, Aiden and Grace.

Visiting hours, followed by a funeral service, were held at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, South Portland. Burial was at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Suite 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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