Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery

700 W. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN


Oliver W. Johnson

August 15, 1929July 27, 2020
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Oliver Wendell Johnson was born on August 15, 1929 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Fenton Anthony Johnson and Minnie Bell Rheim, who have preceded him in death.

Oliver attended Crispus Attucks High School, where he lettered in football. He graduated in 1947. Oliver’s Indiana University studies were interrupted by the Korean conflict, He served in the United States Army and achieved the rank of Corporal, Oliver was honorably discharged in 1953.

Oliver married the love of his life, Rosena Lurena McClung on June 11, 1955. At the time of her passing (May 15, 2017) they had been married for 61 years, 11 months and 4 days. They raised 3 children together.

Oliver was employed with the United States Postal Service for 29 years, he worked his way up from Window Clerk to Supervisor. In 1985, he retired due to health issues.

Oliver began his spiritual journey at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a deeply spiritual man. Oliver was a faithful member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church from his marriage thru the end of his life.

Oliver liked sports, especially football. He enjoyed classic cartoons and all types of music. Oliver loved to play cards and he especially loved winning!

Oliver departed this life on July 27, 2020. He was preceded in death by his son, Oliver Wendell Johnson Jr. Oliver leaves to cherish his memory two daughters; Marena Johnson, Dawn Johnson, one son, Wendell (Latrisha) Johnson, 2 grandsons; Causey (Brianna) and Oliver as well as a host of family and friends.


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020


Oliver W. Johnson

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Deirdre McNary

July 30, 2020

My condolences to Wendell, Marena and Dawn. Uncle Oliver always had a smile, and laughed that special laugh when all my uncles and daddy were up to no good. He will truly be misses. RIH Uncle Oliver.


Deirdre McClung McNary
Stockbridge, GA

Deborah Marshall Oatts

July 30, 2020

Our hearts are sadden to hear of the passing of Mr. Oliver Johnson. As children growing up at Mt Carmel Church, we have fond memories of the kindness and gentleness in which he loved and led his family. His commitment to live out the values and strength of a faithful, godly man to his family and church will never be forgotten.
May you be comforted in the arms of Jesus.

The Eloise Jean Woodson Marshall Family
Anthony Marshall, Joycelyn Johnson, Pamela Maxwell and Deborah Oatts

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