C. Elwood Johnson, age 93, of Ocean View, Delaware and Titusville, Florida passed away peacefully surrounded by his family November 1, 2018. Formerly of New Castle, Delaware, Elwood was born on November 16, 1924 to Bob and Amy (Gray) Johnson in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. He attended the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1938. Where he witnessed Franklin Delano Roosevelt light the eternal flame. As a young man, Elwood worked as a fast order cook on the boardwalk in Ocean City Maryland. Upon his graduation in 1942 from Oxford High School, Elwood enlisted in the Navy serving on board the Hospital Ship USS Relief and the minesweeper USS YMS 260 as a Pharmacist Mate First Class in the South Pacific, during WWII.
After the service, Elwood spent his career as a purchasing agent for General Motors Boxwood Road Plant in Wilmington, Delaware. He also made time to operate Hindsight Antiques with his mother.
In New Castle He was a lifetime member and past commander of the Joseph E. Stahl post 30. He was also a member of the VFW Mason Dixon Post 7234 Ocean View, Delaware
During his time, wintering in Titusville, Florida; Elwood enjoyed his family and friends, crossword puzzles, fishing, shuffleboard, antiquing and jewelry making.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Amy, a sister Doris Lawrence, a son Robert and his loving wife of 63 years Gaylen R. Johnson. He is survived by his children Jo Anna and Bob Higgins of Newark, Delaware; Philip of Ocean View, Delaware ; David and Debbie of Middletown, Delaware. He will also be remembered by his five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Very special thanks to our dear friend Jane Donivan for her help during this difficult time for our family. We would also like a special thanks to St. Francis Hospice for the Veterans pinning ceremony.
Service for Elwood and his wife Gaylen will be held on Thursday December 6th 2018 at 1400 hours at the Sussex County Cemetery 2669 Patriots Way Millsboro, Delaware 19966
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Delaware Veterans Home in Milford, Delaware 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd. Milford, Delaware 19963