Keith M. Johnson, age 89, of Miles City passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the VA Nursing Home in Miles City.
Keith was born on July 21, 1924 in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Belle and Mark Johnson. He attended schools in Miles City, graduating from Custer County High School in 1942. Keith married Phyllis Johnson on September 26, 1944. Keith enlisted in the service on December 12, 1942 where he served as First Lieutenant in the 5th Airforce piloting the C46 over the Pacific. While in the service he received several medals including the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 6 bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. Keith helped Brig. Gen. Paul H. Prentiss’s Troop Carrier command and write a new chapter in transport operations by participating in one of the first flights by his unit in recently captured Philippines Islands Airdromes. Keith was honorably discharged on April 21, 1946. Following his discharge, he worked for the Milwaukee Railroad until 1951, moving to Kinsey, Montana where he farmed and ranched. He retired and moved into Miles City in 1995.
Keith was a member of the First Baptist Church, Life member of the Elks Lodge 537, Life member of the VFW Post 1579 and a Master Mason.
Keith is survived by his daughter, Renee (Chuck) Strand of Miles City; grandson Jason Schieffert of Miles City; great grandchildren: Cassidy, Morgan and Owen all of Miles City. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 68 years Phyllis Johnson, his brother-in-law Herb (Brenda) Johnson.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the VA Chapel in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.