Sunday, September 04, 2005

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson suffered a massive heart attack on August 23. During a few days of pre-op medication, he had a second, smaller attack and went on a respirator. On September 1, he had triple bypass surgery. A day later he was sitting up, eating spoon food, and preparing for intensive therapy before he goes home.

Jerry attended Dubois School. At SHS he was active in Wranglers and played as trombonist for the Starduster dance band. (second row, far right). He married Ivy Levchenko in 1960 and spent his career with Greyhound, retiring as a district manager. Ivy worked for the PGA in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. They moved to the Asheville, NC area to enjoy mountain living. Their daughter, Cathy Nines, lives nearby in Weaverville and works for the Mountain Area Health Education Center, where Ivy also worked for eight years.

Jerry is a fan of the SHS pages and has sent me several pictures of souvenirs, including the Senators pin on our home page. For a hobby he makes cool knit caps and sells them on eBay. Here he is modeling one under his handle, J Malo, though he could easily pass for Ernest Hemingway.

You may send notes or cards to his e-mail or postal addresses, both listed on our Directory, or just leave a get-well comment here. Jerry is a great guy, full of fun and good humor. For all of us, I wish him a speedy recovery.

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