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Perry G. Johnson

Ashtabula Perry G. Johnson, Sr., of Ashtabula passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Metro Hospital.

He was born on March 24, 1935 in Ashtabula the son of A. Elroy and Hilda E. (Lindberg) Johnson.

Perry was a city servant from November 1, 1957 until his retirement on May 11, 1999.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Janet (Mihely) Johnson; sons, Perry G. (Sue) Johnson, Jr. and Bob (Michele) Fenton; several grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Molly Gator.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son Eric Johnson.

At his request, no calling hours will be observed.

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining. Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep.... Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here. They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman, You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio is handling arrangements. www.ducro.com
Published on October 27, 2017
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