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Kenneth P. Johnson

 

Last updated 5/4/2018 at 5:19pm

Kenneth P. Johnson (Ken), a proud resident of Fallbrook for 25+ years, was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 12, 1924, the son of Swedish immigrants Carl Fritz Johnson and Pinna Paulina Johnson. He went to be with the Lord and his wife of 67 years Sylvia (Peggy) on October 29, 2017.

Ken is survived by his sons David and Matthew as well as his daughter-in-law, Wina; his grandchildren Belinda, Ryan, and Madisen; his granddaughter-in-law Raven, and his great-grandchildren, Mia, Jaxon, and Ryah.

Ken was inducted into the U.S. Army in January of 1943, at age 18, and found himself at age 19 as part of the European Theatre of Operations in World War II, in General Patton's 3rd Army. He was honorably discharged in 1945 from the 19th Tank Battalion, Company D, after having participated in the battles of the Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and The Rhineland. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, as well as the Good Conduct Medal.

Ken graduated with his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in June 1949 before marrying the love of his life, Sylvia Allen, in January 1950.

His numerous accomplishments during his career include being on the design team for key parts of U.S. Navy submarines, as well as designing the prototype for the nuclear power plant which was eventually used by NASA on the moon. All who knew him remember him for his sharp wit, his incredible memory, and his loving, lifetime devotion to his wife Peggy.

A memorial service, with military honors, will be held to honor Ken’s life at Riverside National Cemetery on Saturday, December 2, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, at noon, with reception to follow. All are welcome to help celebrate the life of this devoted husband and loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a distinguished member of our country’s Greatest Generation.

 

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