GAHANNA: Arnold B. Johnson MD, age 95 died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was born December 31, 1917 in Galena Ohio (Delaware County) to the late Floyd and Daisy (Barnhard) Johnson.
Despite an unfortunate accident at age 13 in which he lost his leg, Dr. Johnson pursued his dream to go into medicine. He graduated from Gahanna Lincoln High School in 1936; and the Ohio State University School of Medicine in 1943 where he was inducted into the AOA Medical Honor Society during his junior year.
His career included serving as an Anesthesiologist at White Cross/Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and a General Practitioner in Gahanna.
He was a charter member of the Community Church in Gahanna and the Gahanna Rotary; a member of the Gahanna Lincoln Alumni Hall of Fame and Mifflin Presbyterian Church. He also attended Grove City United Methodist Church.
Dr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 4 years, Marilyn (Flor-Smith) Johnson; daughter, Susie (John) Sandusky of Gahanna; sons, Dennis (Cheri) Johnson DDS of Lancaster, Ohio and Byron (Trudy) Johnson of Gahanna; step-children, Polly Young of Columbus, Barbara (Peter) Van de Castle of Baltimore MD, and Nancy Smith (Daniel MD) Miner of Durham NH; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother, Edward (Terri) Johnson MD of Lafayette CA.
He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Katherine (Carr) Johnson; second wife of 14 years, Anna Innis; granddaughter, Katie Johnson; and brother, Clairol Johnson.
A celebration of his life will be held 12 Noon Saturday, April 6 at Mifflin Presbyterian Church 123 Granville St., Gahanna, Ohio where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 Noon.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of Dr. Johnson to Mifflin Presbyterian Church, 123 Granville St., Gahanna, OH 43230 or Spirit of Nursing Fund c/o Ohio Health Foundation, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OHIO 43215.
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Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette from March 28 to April 4, 2013