ADA — Dr. Charles “Chuck” Johnson, 74, died on March 13, 2014, at 12:37 p.m., at Lima Memorial Health System. He was born on May 24,
1939, to Henry and Orleone (Olson) Johnson, who preceded him in death.
Charles graduated from Windom High School in Windom, Minn., in 1957.
Following graduation, Charles attended the Dunwoody Institute, in
Minneapolis, to become a baker. After graduation from Dunwoody, he
enlisted in the Navy with hopes of serving as a baker. However, due to
his typing skills, Charles was assigned the role of yeoman (clerk
typist) for the US Navy. He served four years in service to our country,
with two and a half of those years in Japan. Charles then went to the
Brown Institute in Minneapolis to become a radio announcer. He became an
announcer in Mobridge, S.D., followed by a position in Minneapolis at a
classical music station. He later moved to California and after a brief
stint with employment at an insurance company, utilized the GI Bill to
Charles earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State
University at Long Beach and a Ph. D. from Purdue University. He joined
Ohio Northern University in 1977 as an instructor in Communications
Arts, was promoted to assistant professor in 1981, associate professor
in 1988 and professor in 1996. He was the coach of the University speech
team from 1977-1995, where his team won numerous honors. He held the
Eleanor H. and Robert W. Biggs Chair in Arts and received the College of
Arts and Sciences Excellent Teaching Award in 1983-84. Charles retired
from the University in 2001 with the rank of Professor in Communication
Arts at Ohio Northern University and later attained the rank of
Charles was an avid international and national traveler and loved
classical music. He was a friend to all he met and he enjoyed spending
time with his friends. Chuck was extremely active as a retiree of the
ONU campus community.
Survivors include a brother, Leland (Sigrid) Johnson, of Owatonna,
Minn.; a niece Sara (Dain) Jensen; a nephew, Michael (Jodi Swenson)
Johnson; and two great-nephews, Oscar and Henrik.
It was Charles’ wish to be cremated. Private services will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be expressed at www.hansonneely.com