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Timothy J. Johnson, 73, passed away on March 5, 2018, at Eastlake Terrace in Elkhart, IN, following a long illness. He was born to the late James and Marceil Johnson on January 4, 1945, in Elkhart. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, as well as a member of the American Legion.
A 1964 graduate of Elkhart High School, Tim worked for Elkhart Brass for 30 years. After retirement, he worked at Hyco Machine and Mold, Inc. Not one to be bored, he restored and sold used cars, and was a member of the Miata Club. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, wrote the newsletter for the Noon Optimist Club, and volunteered with the Elkhart Jazz Festival. A member of St. Thomas of the Apostle Church, he demonstrated his faith through a local prison ministry. Anyone who knew Tim, understood his loving, gentle, and encouraging nature.
Family and friends will remember Tim’s zest for life. He loved all whom he came in contact with. Even though he struggled with medical issues for many years, he had an upbeat zippidy-do-da for life. He adored music and dancing. Even as he grew older, he would never cease to amaze all who knew him with the spunk he had for life. For instance, he loved Lucky Donuts, where he cleaned the bathrooms and was honored to teach the owner English. Tim Johnson was always happy and spontaneous, and though we never knew what he would do or say next, it would always be fun. No one was a stranger to Tim. He loved and encouraged unconditionally.
Tim is survived by three children: Natalie Kochanowski, Jamie Kochanowski, and Shane Tullis (Jennifer). He is also survived by step-daughter Michelle Hollingsworth; long-time girlfriend, Sue Dale; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by step-son, Jeff Baker.
A party honoring his life will be held at The Vine, in Elkhart, Indiana, on Saturday March 10, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In addition, a military service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI, at noon on Wednesday, March 14. 2018. (All arrivals should be in place prior to 11:30am.)
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice Foundation, 2515 N. Bendix Drive #100, South Bend, IN 46628
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Great Lakes Caring Hospice Foundation
2515 N. Bendix Drive, Suite 100, South Bend IN 46628