Aycock Funeral Home

950 Ne Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL


Donald Ray Johnson

9 October , 19381 June , 2019

Donald Ray Johnson, 80, passed away June 1, 2019 in his home, supported by the care of his family and friends. Don was a wonderful husband and father with a generous spirit and a gift for spinning stories about his people, flying, and himself. Once you met Don, you were adopted and became a member of his extensive family. An Air Force veteran and a United Air Lines pilot and ALPA union member for 34 years, his coworkers affectionately called him "Captain Dark Cloud" for his self-deprecating and somewhat dark sense of humor. Don was born on October 9, 1938, in Altoona, Pennsylvania to John Paul Johnson and Helen Penick Johnson. The oldest child in his family and the oldest cousin in his generation, he left Juniata College in 1958 to join the Air Force. He married Merial ("Kelly") Bailey in 1964, left the Air Force and joined United Air Lines. Over the years, the family lived in Colorado, Illinois, and Ohio. Most summers were spent at relatives' places in Hesston, PA, with vacations to visit extended family in Jensen Beach FL and Cambridge ID. In addition to the family and friends that meant the world to him, Don's many loves included dogs of any kind, clocks, Guinness on tap (not bottled or canned, ever!), his 1963 Chevy Impala, making up his own lyrics to songs, and talking back to the television. His beautiful blue eyes and the mischievous smile that lit up his face when he was laughing with or at you will be sorely missed by us all. Don is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, and his beloved sister Jeanie. He is survived by his children Debbie Bouwens (Jack) of Lehigh Acres, FL, Donna Hulka (Bill) of Commerce Twp, MI, Cindy Miller (Matt) of Columbus OH, and Paul Johnson of Jensen Beach, FL; and his grandchildren Sebastian, Hope, Erika, and Tabitha Miller, and Tyler, Michael, and Samantha Hulka.

Per Don's expressed wishes there is no memorial service planned. He always said "Don't mourn my passing. Life is hard, get on with yours and don't waste your energy grieving over me. I did everything I wanted to do in my life." Don was generous to a fault. If you insist on doing something to honor him, please make a donation to the charity of your choice, or find someone in need and lend them a kind hand.

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds -

and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of -

wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.

Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along

and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.

"Up, up the long delirious burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle, flew;

and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

the high untrespassed sanctity of space,

put out my hand and touched the face of God."


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Janeen Goben (Miller)

5 June 2019

I always remember my “Uncle” Donny (as I used to call him ) taking in everything around him. He always carefully watched our interactions and kept those blue eyes on the children. Always a smile and warm conversation. Prayers for the family.

Ray Penick

5 June 2019

Truly saddened by Donnie's passing. As a young impressionable boy I looked up to him like he was a superhero. I always looked forward to seeing him at family reunions or my many trips to the cottage. What wonderful memories. He and Kelly were always warm and welcoming and now they can be together again. Prayers to the family. We share your sorrow.
Ray and Lynn

Bob and Bernie Hulka

5 June 2019

RIP Don. Know how much you missed Kelly so now join her. Bob and I will help Donna and Bill bring up the grands like you would want. You will be missed by your family. Bernie Hulka

Denise Patterson (Bailey)

5 June 2019

I will always remember the year that my Dad took us to visit Uncle Don and Auntie Merial in Ohio. I'd never been to Ohio and I was getting to meet extended family that I never knew we had. I was 16 and got to meet my cousin Cindy. We got to go to the amuzement park and were spoiled by the Johnson's during that whole trip; and boy did Uncle Don tell some stories! It will always remain one of my favorite family vacations ever!

Niese Bailey