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5-C-JohnsonMr. Tony “TD” Johnson, age 63, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013. He was a 1968 graduate of Cedar Springs High School where he lettered in football (in both defensive and offensive). Tony learned the value of hard work from his parents who owned a lumber company. During the Vietnam War, he was a member of the Navy Seabees. After the service, Tony built a business, TD Johnson Lumber Company, that he operated and loved for 30+ years. In 1995 his sawmill burned, and he then worked as a consultant in the lumber business in Russia. For 21 years he was assistant Fire Chief for the City of Cedar Springs and also was a firefighter and member of the first responders for Solon Township. Tony was a man of great courage, a great story teller, and a member of the informal round table at various breakfast sites in Cedar Springs. He and Mary enjoyed sharing time together, going to flea markets, and trips to the family cabin in the UP. Tony enjoyed hunting with his son and Al Kensil who went to Alaska for hunting. Tony was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Sand Lake and the V.F.W. in Howard City. He is survived by “the wife”, Mary; son, Bradley (Amanda) Johnson; granddaughter, Kailien and the most anticipated arrival of Korrah in March; brother and sister, Michael and Pearl Johnson, and Penelope and Reggie Hoover; his life long friend, Al Kensil; and his beloved dog, Sam. Tony was preceded in death by his brother, Bradley in 1951, and his parents, Donald and Susanna Johnson. The Johnson family would like to extend their heartfelt thank you to the Three Blue Staff at Grand Rapids Veterans Home and Heartland Hospice for the love, care, and compassion given to Tony. The Service for Mr. Johnson was held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, Inc., PO Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515. Relatives and friends met the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com


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