Keith M. Johnson, 89, of Miles City died Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Nursing Home in Miles City.
Mr. Johnson was born on July 21, 1924, in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Belle and Mark Johnson. He attended schools in Miles City, graduating from Custer County High School in 1942.
He and Phyllis Johnson were married on Sept. 26, 1944. Mr. Johnson enlisted in the service on Dec. 12, 1942, where he served as First Lieutenant in the 5th Airforce piloting the C46 over the Pacific. While in the service he received several medals including the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with six bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Johnson helped Brig. Gen. Paul H. Prentiss’ Troop Carrier command and write a new chapter in transport operations by participating in one of the first flights by his unit in recently captured Philippines Islands Airdromes. He was honorably discharged on April 21, 1946.
Following his discharge, Mr. Johnson worked for the Milwaukee Railroad until 1951, moving to Kinsey where he farmed and ranched. He retired and moved into Miles City in 1995.
Mr. Johnson was a member of the First Baptist Church, life member of the Elks Lodge 537, a Master Mason, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1579, serving on the honor guard for many years.
He is survived by his daughter: Renee (Chuck) Strand of Miles City; grandson: Jason Schieffert of Miles City; and great-grandchildren: Cassidy, Morgan and Owen, all of Miles City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 68 years: Phyllis Johnson; and his brother-in-law: Herb (Brenda) Johnson.
Funeral Services will be Monday, July 7, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the VA Chapel in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.