Tuesday, Jan 08 2013 02:07 PM

Services set for Warren Johnson

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Warren Johnson, former publisher of the Tehachapi News, on the occasion of his 80th birthday in February 2011. File photo by Jon Hammond

Funeral services have been set for former Tehachapi News publisher Warren Johnson, 91, a longtime Tehachapi resident who died Sunday morning, Jan. 6.

Viewing will be Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wood Family Funeral Services, 321 W. "F" St., Tehachapi.
Burial will be at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Bakersfield National Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at the First Baptist Church, 1049 S. Curry St., Tehachapi, with a reception to follow at the church.

Mr. Johnson was born on Feb. 3, 1921, and moved to Tehachapi permanently in 1946, after serving a two-year stint in Africa repairing planes for Douglass Aircraft as a civilian during World War II. He married Barbara Carr, whose father Rollo Carr was a station agent at the long-vanished depot at Monolith, in 1946 as well.

He then found himself drafted into the Army and was sent to Korea, returning to Tehachapi where he and his brother Dick were co-publishers of the Tehachapi News after taking over from their father Walter Johnson until they sold the paper to Bill and Betty Mead in 1980.

A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper. Arrangements are being handled by Wood Family Funeral Services.

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