The Obit For Bill Johnson

William M. Johnson

The Corning Leader
Posted October 4, 2011

William M. Johnson, age 87, Corning, NY, died on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Corning Hospital, Corning.

He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on April 2, 1924, the son of the late William and Sue Bea (Turner) Johnson. Mr. Johnson married M. Jane Wagner on June 18, 1949 in Tioga, PA. He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant from 1942 to 1945 and was awarded the American Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal.

After his discharge he enrolled at Mansfield State University in 1945 and graduated in 1949. In the summer of 1947 he played minor league baseball at Wausau, Wisconsin in the St. Louis Browns’ organization (now the Baltimore Orioles). His career as a professional baseball player ended with an injury in 1948.

Bill began his career as a history teacher and coach at Wyalusing (PA) High School in 1949 and served in a similar capacity in Wellsboro, PA from 1950-1960. In 1960 he moved to Corning; from 1960-1976 he served as a history teacher and coach at Corning Northside and Corning Painted Post East High School, and from 1976 to his retirement in 1984 he was a history teacher and athletic director. In his retirement years he avidly pursued his hobby of golf and continued his passion and support of the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Bill was inducted into the Mansfield University Hall of Fame starring in football, basketball, and baseball. He was also inducted into the Corning Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame for his distinguished career as a football coach. Among his proudest accomplishments were taking the Wellsboro little league team to the Little League World Series in 1954 and coaching his Northside teams in football and basketball to victories over Corning Free Academy in the last games played between those schools. He was also very proud of his undefeated 1970 football team at Corning East.

He is survived by his wife M. Jane (Wagner) Johnson and two sons W. Thomas Johnson of Bath, NY and Timothy E. (Kelley) Johnson of Penn Yan, NY. Also surviving are grandchildren Christine Johnson of Douglasville, PA; Carolyn Johnson of Burbank, CA; Kevin Johnson of State College, PA; Kathryn Johnson of Fredonia, NY; and extended family Jim and Gayle Krebs of Tioga, PA; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Annabelle Martin and daughter-in-law Teri Johnson.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning, NY. A private family service will be held after the calling hours at 5:00 pm. Interment will be at Bath National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY, 13790.