Paul Jerome Johnson, 99, of Downing, died November 15, 2018 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.
He was born the son of Bert J. and Ellen (McClendon) Johnson on November 10, 1919 in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Paul was a retired carpenter who lived in California prior to moving to Downing in 1979.
He was a staff sergeant in the United States Army during World War II, serving with the 125th Infantry of the 32nd Division, called the Iron Jaw Division, as a rifleman. Paul was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal with two bronze stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, a Victory Ribbon and an Overseas Service Bar for his heroic service. His unit was among those that participated in the battles for the island Luzon, led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. His unit also liberated Bataan.
He married Barbara Millhouse on May 28, 1966 in Escondito, California. She survives.
Paul was a member of the American Legion Post 0784 of Schuyler County. He enjoyed woodworking in his shop and taking care of his horses.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers: Alfred, Cleve and Dorman Johnson; two sons-in-law and a granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; children: Janice, Sandra and Gary (Judy) – all of California; a brother, Clarence and wife Esther of California; a great grandchild; two great-great grandsons; one brother, Clarence and wife Esther of California; special nieces, Kim and Terri; special nephew, David, and other relatives.
Memorials are suggested to the family and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.
According to Mr. Johnson’s wishes, there are to be no services accorded.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.