Carl Robert Johnson obituary
Carl Robert “Poppy” Johnson of Lakewood, Washington died on January 25, 2022. He was 69. He was born in Rushville, Indiana on January 19, 1953, the oldest child of Dorothy (Furbee) and Wilfred Johnson.
Serving our country had been a goal since Carl was five and his father asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He remained a kid at heart even when it came to the US military and taking care of his family. CR went to West Point Military Academy after high school. After being commissioned, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Sandy Thomas, on July 5, 1975. Together they raised a few dogs, two cats, two daughters, and had sons-in-law and grandchildren. children.
During his military career, CR was an Airborne Jump Master, an Army Ranger, and rose to the rank of Major. His service took him and his family to Georgia, Germany, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Saudi Arabia and finally Washington State. His duty to the country has taken him around the world for training and service. Quite a feat for a boy from a small town.
After giving 24 years of his life to the army, he retired in 1995. He spent a few years in sales, cars and jewelry before he could return to work where his true calling was – with the soldiers. as the Ministry of Defence. civil. Finally, he followed Sandy to Fort. Sam Houston, Texas, to complete their two DOD careers before returning to Washington.
While the military held a special place in his heart, after his retirement Carl’s most cherished activity was anything to do with his grandchildren, even if that just meant he took naps while they were around him. With them or alone, he likes to draw, paint and work with wood/construction. He was always looking for a better way to fix, work or adapt something.
He carried his strong faith with him not only as a “Christian soldier” but also as a teacher for his family and through his many medical challenges.
Carl is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra; his daughters, Faye (Matt) Peebles, Angela (Kyle) Muller; grandchildren, Cecilia, Serenity, Meadow, Rose, Brooklynn; step-grandchildren, Ali and Kyle Jr.; one step-great-granddaughter, Rylee; sister Jane (Steve) Lamb; brothers, John (Karla) Johnson and Jeff (Michael) Johnson; many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and self-proclaimed children. He was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Wilfred Johnson; and his brother, Bruce.
Carl will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington, Washington on February 7, 2022, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carl’s name to any of the non-profit organizations close to his heart: the American Red Cross, Catholic Community Services Nativity House Tacoma, and Wolf Haven International.
As the world has lost a bright light, may we all rejoice in our own memories of Carl and be grateful to have them.
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Published by Funeral Alternatives of Washington – Lacey on January 28, 2022.