No, basball fans, we are not having with us today the former star pitcher for the Washington Senators. Our Walter Johnson also fires
'em in, but on the rifle range instead of the pitcher's mound. He is one of the best pistol and rifle shots on the Culver team, which
has won a number of state honors.
Walter was born in F ulton county near Leiters Ford, and came to Culver in 1920. He opened a tire shop in the building now occupied by the
tailor and barber shops. His busniess grew steadily along with the increased number of automobiles and his quarters soon became too small,
so in 1925, he purchased the frame structure on the site of the present building, which was built in 1930. This was Culver 's first complete
super service station.
Tuesday, December 8, 1987
Services for Walter JOHNSON Sr., 87, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Culver Grace United Church of Christ with the Rev.
Walter VONDEROHE officiating. Burial will be in the Culver Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday and
until noon Thursday in the Bonine Funeral Home, Culver , then at the church. The Culver Masonic Lodge will conduct memorial
services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Culver Grace United Church of Christ.
Mr. Johnson, formerly of 101 College Ave., Culver , died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in South Bend Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 3, 1900 in Leiters Ford to Schuyler and Eunice FERNBAUGH JOHNSON. He had moved to Culver from Kewanna in
1920. He was married Nov. 18, 1918 to Bessie OVERMYER, who died in 1968. In 1970 he married Lorena SHERIDAN, who survives.
He was the retired owner and operator of Johnsonís Firestone Service in Culver ; a member of the Culver Grace United Church of
Christ, and a past master of the Culver Masonic Lodge.
Surviving wih the wife are a son, Walter JOHNSON Jr., Mishawaka, and two grandsons, Mark A. JOHNSON, Miami, Fa., and Eric P.
JOHNSON, Houston, Texas.