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Ernest Walter Johnson of Centerville, Ohio, died on August 17, at the age of 81. He was born to Walter and Elva Johnson of Boyceville, Wisconsin on June 20, 1935.

Ernie graduated from Boyceville High School in 1953. He attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Iowa State in Ames Iowa, where he earned his MS and PhD degrees in Physical Chemistry. He played the flute and piccolo in the band at Boyceville, Ludington Guard (of Menomonie, WI) and River Falls.

He worked for Monsanto Chemical in Dayton, Ohio, then served as a consultant for NASA and the EPA. Ernie’s fingerprints are on the moon, and beyond the solar system! He helped develop and install the temperature control on a lunar seismograph. He also has awards from NASA for contributions to the Voyager Space Program and the Galileo Mission.

Ernie is pre-deceased by his parents, Walter and Elva Johnson and a sister, Janet, who died in infancy. He is survived by Janet Johnson, his wife of 31 years, his three children, Jennifer Jeanne Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah, Brian (Judith-deceased) Johnson of Wichita, Kansas, and Kevin (Kristen) Johnson of Loveland, Ohio, three step-children, Suzanne, Christine and Nicholas, four grandchildren, Jameson Crawford Carter, Truman Locke Carter, Tabitha and Phoebe Johnson, three brothers, David, Robert and Donald, one sister, Roselyn, and 11 nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life for close family and friends will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 3, at the Austin Campus of Epiphany Lutheran Church, 10551 Sheehan Rd., Centerville, Ohio, 45458. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family at