William E. Johnson

April 5, 2016

William E. Johnson (BS CIV EGR ' 51), Traverse City, died March 28 at Traverse Manor. He was 86.

He was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Detroit, to Clifford and Marion (King) Johnson. His family moved back to Ludington, where his father had grown up.  He graduated from Ludington High School.  

He married Joanne C. Blucker on Dec. 29, 1951, in Ludington. They enjoyed a marriage for 59 years.

He attended Michigan State University, where he studied civil engineering and played the trombone in the Spartan marching band.  After graduation from MSU, he worked for Goodyear Atomic Energy as part of the construction engineering team building the gaseous diffusion plant at Piketon, Ohio.  

The family moved back to Michigan, where Johnson worked as a civil and structural engineer for several different employers, including the Leelanau County Road Commission, Purvis Brothers, and Perla and Stout. He later owned Johnson Associates in Traverse City for many years.  He designed the structural support systems for many schools, commercial buildings, and other facilities throughout the Northern Michigan area.

Surviving are his sons, James (Joy) of Traverse City and their children Timothy, Kathryn, David (Jessica) with children Israel and Anna Hope; and Daniel (Stephanie) with children Zoey and Emmett; Thomas (Janice) of Traverse City and their children Stefanie (Bob) Miller with sons Jacob and Andrew; and Steven (Lisa) of Parker, Colorado; his sister Ada (David) Kidd of Okemos and many other family members and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Joanne.

A memorial service is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran School Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Michigan.

Memories may be shared at: www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.