Hank was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Wallins Creek, Ky., to James Henry and Era Belle Johnson. After a brief illness, Hank went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 27, 2012, in Aurora.
Hank grew up in Oak Creek and was married there Nov. 3, 1946, to the love of his life, Helen Louise Zulevich. He served his country in World War II as a tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his service in the military, Hank and his family had the opportunity to move to Grand Junction, where he was employed as an electromechanic for the Federal Aviation Administration until his retirement. He loved living in Grand Junction and resided there for 50 years.
Upon retirement, he owned and operated Hank’s Garage. He enjoyed using his mechanical skills fixing cars and interacting with people. He always loved playing guitar and singing country music, and he frequently played in bands and performed with his sister, Carol. He was an avid reader and took up painting in his latter years.
Hank is survived by his daughters Margie (Neil) Peters, of Centennial, and Barbara (Stan) Muhr, of Grand Junction; his brother Eddy (Phyllis) Johnson, of Billings, Mont.; and his sister Carol Rose Crain, of Meeker. He has four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Teddy Johnson and Cecil Johnson and sister Edith Shrader.
A service was held at 2 p.m. Dec. 7, 2012, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Roice-Hurst Humane Society.