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Henry A. "Gus" Johnson, 72, of Hamburg, a retired Erie County Highway Department employee, died Monday (Sept. 25, 2000) in Mercy Hospital after an extended illness.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School.

He served as an Army paratrooper with the 187th Regimental Combat Team in the Korean War.

He was in charge of purchasing for the Hamburg office of the Highway Department, retiring in 1983.

He was a life member of the Buffalo Niagara Rakkasans and the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. He also was a member of the Korean War Memorial Committee. His name appears on the Korean War monument in the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. He also was a member of Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus, in Lackawanna.

Active as a volunteer, he assisted in the early days of The Buffalo News Neediest Fund, helping to distribute toys to children at the City Mission. He also did volunteer work for Camp Good Days and Special Times, building dollhouses that were raffled to raise money for the camp.

He and his wife, the former Anita Militello, retired art director for The News, were married in 1953. They enjoyed traveling and in recent years spent winters in Bonita Springs, Fla.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a sister, Jody Homer of Amherst.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, S-4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.

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