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William Earl Johns

December 24, 1927 — January 29, 2023

William Earl Johns

Bill was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He grew up during the depression; sang on the radio until his voice changed, swam in the Tennessee River with his brothers and was a Golden Gloves boxer. Bill entered the U.S. Army near the end of WWII, trained as a bomber radio operator with the Army Air Corps. When honorably discharged, he went to work for the newly formed U.S. Air Force as a civilian employee.Bill had three children with first wife, Helen Block.He started his civilian career at Griffiss AFB in Rome, NY. While there, he met Judy LaMay and married in 1957. They were married for 65 years. In 1964, Bill and family transferred to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City. Bill retired as a Logistics Management supervisor in 1975. In that same year, he graduated from OU in Finance.He played golf for 50 years and hit a "hole-in-one" twice at Tinker golf course! He loved Oklahoma, frequently saying "It's the best place he ever lived." He also loved St. Paul's Cathedral where he found his church home.Bill is survived by his wife Judy, three children, Janice (Bruce) Eberhard, Michael (Roxanne) Johns, and David (Marcie) Johns and grandchildren, Bill, Kemper, and Laura Johns.
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