Lebanon Reporter

October 10, 2012

The Honorable Paul Hendricks Johnson Jr.


— The Honorable Paul Hendricks Johnson Jr., of Indianapolis, formerly of Peaks Island, Maine, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

A former Boone County Superior Court Judge and respected attorney, Paul was born in Indianapolis on New Year’s Day, 1927, to the now late Paul Hendricks and Fern Frances (Chambers) Johnson.  

He served his country with the Army Counter Intelligence Corps, and was a graduate of Dartmouth College (1948) and Indiana University School of Law (1955). He was a judge for nearly 20 years and was Prosecuting Attorney from 1958 to 1962. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh in 1990.  

Paul married Rita Gabrielle Michaud on Nov. 25, 1950. They lived in Zionsville from 1957 until 1990, when they moved to Peaks Island. They returned to Indianapolis in 2007.

He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church, Peaks Island, and St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church in Zionsville. He was an Eagle Scout, and was active with the Boy Scouts of America much of his life, helping found Troop 358 in Zionsville.

Paul is survived by his children, Paul (Donna) Johnson of Indianapolis, Henry (Christina) Johnson of Lebanon, Maine, Andrew Johnson of Indianapolis, Mark (Kathleen) Johnson of Lawrenceburg, Christopher (Cathie) Johnson of Zionsville, Gregory Johnson of Zionsville and Claudia (John) Woodard of Lanesville. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death in 2008 by Rita, his wife of 57 years; and by his sister, Barbara Jeanne White.

Friends may greet Paul’s family from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Flanner and Buchanan Zionsville, 105 W. Pine, Zionsville. A Mass of Christian Burial is planned at a later date at St. Christopher Catholic Church, Peaks  Island. Paul will be laid to rest next to Rita at Pond Grove Cemetery on Peaks Island.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association, Indiana Chapter, 6525 E. 82nd St., Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN  46250; or St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Road, Indianapolis, IN  46268.

Online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com.


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