Benny Lee Johnson
Benny, 76, passed away on May 25, 2016. He was a resident of Colorado Springs for 34 years. He was an Air Force Colonel and a Aeronautical/Electronics Engineer.
Benny was born on December 12, 1939 to Bert and Maxine Johnson in Shenandoah, Iowa. He received a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education, majoring in mathematics, from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO in 1961. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979. Colonel Johnson completed the Squadron Officers School at Maxwell Air Force, AL, Air Command and Staff College and National Security Management University. He joined the Air Force in 1962, he then transferred to the Air Force Reserve and retired in 1992.
He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church and was very active with many organizations including TKE (Fraternity), MOAA (Military Officers Association of America), VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), and American Legion. Benny had a generous heart and supported many other charities. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, traveling, ballroom dancing and family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl Krebs Johnson; his sons, Matthew Johnson and James Brett Todd; daughters, Anna Walker and Catherine Jolley; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Bert Johnson; his mother, Maxine Morelock; stepfather, Wayne Morelock; sister, Barbara Dowling; first wife, Shirley Pressel; and second wife, Nancy Johnson.
Services will be held Friday, June 3, at 10:30 am at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 North Circle Drive. A light lunch will follow the service.
He loved us all and we loved him – he will be missed as he lives in the stars with God.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either: JR ROTC Scholarship fund through MOAA, Contact information: Jeff Wetjen 719-481-9372; or Ascension Lutheran Church Endowment Fund,