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Lynn Johnson

Lynn P. Johnson

Tuesday, September 7th, 1937 - Sunday, May 24th, 2020
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Lynn Paul Johnson passed into the arms of Jesus on May 24, 2020. Lynn was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on September 7, 1937 to Clara Carlson Johnson and Paul Johnson. He graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1955 where he excelled at baseball, and was asked to join the Detroit Tigers Farm Team but chose to go to College instead. He attended Spring Arbor Junior College and Roberts Wesleyan where he ran cross country and track.

He served in the U.S. Army for 2 years. He worked at the V.A. after coming home from the Army and was a letter carrier for 24 years He played softball on many Battle Creek teams with many awards as most valuable player. He was an avid table tennis player and won many trophies, and was in charge of the Battle Creek Table Tennis Club for 25 years. He passionately enjoyed watching sports especially the Tigers and Pistons. He was a strong Christian and was a member of the Cornerstone Free Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Marian of 53 years; daughter, Jill; son, Joel; brother, Loren (Donna); sister, Susan; aunt, Celia Biener, plus several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved grand children, Luke, Kirah, Naomi, Noella, Lily, and one great-granddaughter, Mira, whom he loved spending time with teaching them sports. He is preceded in death by a sister, Sheryl Stevens and his parents.

In accordance with Lynn’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lynn's name may be made to the Salvation Army.
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Brian Kneeland

Posted at 07:15pm
Mrs. Johnson, Joel, Jill and kids...I am so sad to learn of your dad's passing. I will always remember him as a quite man who loved table tennis! I know he loved you all, and hope all your memories will bring you comfort.

Love Brian Kneeland
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James Senchuk

Posted at 08:50am
Thank you Lynn for being a friend and table tennis mentor. We had great times together. You are missed.
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Mark Crum

Posted at 06:25pm
My friend in Christ is gone and I don't feel whole!

His obituary was a great account of his worldly pursuits and goodness. What it does not say is just how absolutely gracious and generous this man was. As his friend for around 40 years this man showed more grace than the accumulation of all the people I know. That is a true statement for me! I’m not saying he was perfect…. And neither would he!

He not only went after athletic greatness with reckless abandon he went after spiritual maturity with an even greater passion. I spent a lot of time with Lynn in those years. We played table tennis together for a great number of them. I trained Lynn in table tennis for many years while he quietly trained me in life. I’ve still not seen a more pure backhand stroke or a greater soul on earth. While most players go for a drink after, Lynn and I went to McDonalds and sit for hours drinking our sodas and talking intimately about our lives and God.

He gave graciously and generously to charities and only spoke of goodness. In all our conversations of an intimate personal nature, he never betrayed even the simplest of things. He only had words of compassion, empathy, knowledge, wisdom and loving encouragement to give. He did not malign anyone but would stay quiet in times of frustration. He knew well that salvation is by our faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died for all our sins, not from our actions of goodness or obedience… Only our belief. Yet this man truly attempted to live a Christian life!!!

He loved God with all his heart and loved his neighbor greater than himself. My Father in Heaven when you look upon your child I can only hope that you say, “Well done!” On this earth I will say it… My dear and faithful friend, student and mentor, WELL DONE! I love you and very much look forward to seeing you soon.

Mark E. Crum
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Len Spano

Posted at 06:08pm
He was my mailman - didn't know he'd be my friend. Met again at table tennis - didn't know he'd be my friend. After a few years of knowing him he became a close friend, he helped us with a yard sale very early and stayed long. I miss him and so do all the guys from BC and Kazoo. Last saw him October - hoped to see again. Thanks for your friendship. From Len Spano
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Dick Hastings

Posted at 01:34pm
Remembering with love our cousin Lynn, may you Rest In Peace !
Marian, Joel, Jill & family, we send our deepest sympathy and prayers to you all. Keep your wonderful memories close to your hearts!
With love, Dick & Deb
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