on August 10, 2014 - 8:52 PM
May 12, 1923 – Aug. 10, 2014
SANBORN – Ross D. Johnson, of Sanborn, a retired civil engineer and a World War II bomber pilot, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice, Lockport. He was 91.
Born in London, Ont., he moved to Niagara Falls with his family in 1928 and to Sanborn in 1934. He was a 1941 graduate of LaSalle High School.
He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps 90th Bombardment Group, the “Jolly Rogers,” as pilot of a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber in the southwest Pacific.
Returning from service, he earned a degree from Syracuse University in 1952 and became a civil engineer with Union Carbide, which later became Linde. He retired in 1982.
Mr. Johnson was known as the “go-to guy” in Sanborn. He was active in the Sanborn Fire Company, the Sanborn Band, the Lions Club, the Sanborn Area Historical Society and Hope United Methodist Church.
He served on the Niagara Wheatfield School Board and the Sanborn-Pekin Free Library board of trustees. He also was a driver for Tri-Community Ambulance in Wheatfield and a member of Sanborn Post 969, American Legion.
He enjoyed reading, traveling and sailing.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Jane Bradlee; a son, Thomas R.; three daughters, Sallie J. Ditzel, Carol J. Castiglione and Sue E. Baer; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Hope United Methodist Church, 2914 Upper Mountain Road.