Charles E. Johnson, 91

Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson

SOUTH PORTLAND — Charles E. Johnson, 91, of South Portland died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Brewer on Nov. 20, 1922, a son of Einar P. and Jennie (Christenson) Johnson. He graduated from Brewer High School, Class of 1942.

Immediately following high school, Charles entered the U.S. Army. He served in the 31st Tank Battalion within the 3rd and 7th Armies commanded by Gen. George S. Patton. He participated in major campaigns against German forces, including North Africa, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), and Central Europe.

Upon discharge from the Army, he began his lifelong career as a truck driver. He drove for several trucking companies and retired from Merrill Transport in 1986. In retirement, he continued his driving career working for North Atlantic Moving and also delivering vehicles for local car dealerships.

He married Lorraine Dodge on June 19, 1948, at Thornton Heights Methodist Church in South Portland. They enjoyed travelling and camping in their RV, which they took on multiple trips to campgrounds here in Maine and several winters in Florida. In 1990, they travelled across the United States.

He is predeceased by a brother, Alfred Johnson; and a sister, Marie Corey.

He is survived by his loving wife; a daughter, Susan Coolbrith of Bangor; two sons, Charles W. “Butch” Johnson of Westbrook and Paul A. Johnson of Baldwin; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held Monday, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A funeral service was held at the Chapel. Burial followed at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial donations may be made to: Gosnell Memorial Hospice House Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1, Ste. 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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