John Johansen, 88
John Johansen, MSgt. U.S.A.F. (retired,) 88, of Dartmouth, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Nancy (Castino) Johansen.
Born in Queens, NY, son of the late Simon and Thordis (Skaar) Johansen, he grew up in New York and New Bedford and settled in Dartmouth 50 years ago. He was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School class of 1949.
John served in the Navy for four years and then entered the U.S. Air Force and served his country for a total of 20 years until his retirement in 1972. He was assigned to the Tactical Air Command as an “Air Commando” and was deployed as part of operation “Air America”.
He was a life member of the VFW Post 9059 in Dartmouth, an avid reader and football fan, especially the New England Patriots. John enjoyed traveling and had many cross-country adventures touring the United States with his family by car and after retirement with his wife by RV. He enjoyed family get togethers and spent many quality hours “tutoring” his grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Nancy J. Brown and her husband Steven of Assonet, Kathy Rowse and Shawn Miranda of Fairhaven, Steven J. Johansen and his wife Barbara of Dartmouth and Michael J. Johansen of Dartmouth, two brothers, Ronald Johansen of Fairhaven and Ralph Johansen of Norton; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Johansen was the brother of the late Thomas and Stanley Johansen.
Calling hours are Sunday Oct 20, 2019, from 4-7 p.m., in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.
His funeral will be Monday, October 21, 2019, at 9 a.m., from the funeral home with a graveside service with Military Honors at 10:15, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the O’Connor-Sisson House for Veterans at 262 State Road Dartmouth, MA 02747.