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Byron Andrew Johnson
  • Alzheimer's Association- Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
    350 East Michigan Avenue, Suite 20
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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“We have known Betty and Byron for almost 10 years, and we couldn't have had better neighbors.Byron would have helped us if we were on a project, if...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Bill & Helen Meyer - Battle Creek, MI

“Thank you Byron for taking care of my sister.So glad you were able to live out the last 10 years of your life at home with someyone who cared about...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: James Whitley - Nevada City, CA

“We only had the pleasure of knowing Byron for the last ten years. In that time we learned what a wonderful man he was. Byron had such a warm...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Esther and Tom Whitley - Marsahll, MI

“We only had the pleasure of knowing Byron for the last ten years. In that time we learned what a wonderful man he was. Byron had such a warm...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Esther & Tom Whitley - Marshall, MI

“What a wonderful man i had the pleasure of meeting several times since he was married to my Aunt Betty..GOD BLESS YOU ALL ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: DESSIE Koehler - Parma, MI

“Betty,So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. Glad you were able to spend some quality time with him. Take care! ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Dawn Zagon - Mendon, MI

“Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11 ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of you loss Clark, we've been thinking about you this past week. Hoping peace for all your family at this time of loss.Archie and...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Regina Crooks - Battle Creek, MI

“As Mary Johnson's sister, I first met Byron, Clark's father, in the 1970s. Yes, he was always the gentleman and interested in everyone - what they...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Laurie Wargelin - Lanse, MI

“Lost my Grandpa Johnson this week. This guy was the epitome of what a grandfather should be. It's wonderful to look back at all my grandpa did in his...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Michelle Johnson - Noblesville, IN

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Byron Andrew Johnson of Battle Creek, MI

Byron, age 95, died October 6, 2016, at his residence and in the presence of his loving family.

Byron, the son of John and Mable (Butterfield) Johnson, was born in Muskegon, MI on June 13, 1921, and moved to the Battle Creek area from Kalamazoo, MI in 1995. He was a graduate of Ravenna High School, Ravenna, MI and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University. Byron served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II obtaining the rank of Captain, in the United States Army Air Corp. After the war, Byron was employed as a Research Chemist for the Upjohn Company of Kalamazoo and retired in 1986 after 40+ years. Byron was a true gentleman and family man. He had a very inquisitive mind and his scope of interest was diverse. He was interested in cultural and current events. He also had the ability of a skilled handyman. Byron had a welcoming nature and was interested in everyone's pursuits!

Byron was united in marriage to Edna Jeanette Clark in 1946. While she was stricken with Alzheimer's for the last 10 years of her life, Byron was her sole in-home caregiver. She died in 2003. Byron was then wed to Betty Kershner on July 23, 2006, in Battle Creek and she survives. Also surviving are his three sons, Glenn A. Johnson, of Chicago, IL, Dr. Clark P. (Mary) Johnson, of Battle Creek and Gregg E. (Dawn) Johnson, of Ft. Wayne, IN; two stepchildren, Angela (Rick) Brush of Bellevue, MI and Robert (Erin) Kershner of Niceville, FL, four grandchildren, Eric (Lisa) Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Lauren (Kevin) Witt, and Michelle Johnson; six step grandchildren; two great grandchildren, Natalie Johnson and Jackson Witt, and his brother, Kenneth (Joyce) Johnson of N. Muskegon, MI.

A Private, Family Graveside Service will be held in Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Battle Creek. Memorial contributions in Byron's honor may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association-Michigan Chapter, 350 East Michigan Avenue, Suite 20, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or Bronson @ Home Hospice Care, 165 Washington Avenue, North, Battle Creek, MI 49037. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek is assisting Byron's family with his arrangements.