Charles R. Johnson, a Navy retiree who founded a drum and bugle corps, died Thursday in his Amherst home. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, the youngest of nine children, he attended city public schools.
He served with the Navy for 30 years, traveling all over the world. He retired about 1970.
He founded the Maverick Junior Drum and Bugle Corps in Buffalo in 1971. As director of that organization, he was a counselor and father figure to more than 700 of the city's inner-city youths.
His first wife of 21 years, the former Josephine Streeter, died in 1968.
Survivors include his second wife, Gwendolyn; six children; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services are private. Entombment will be in Forest Lawn.