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David Eugene Johnson

July 28, 1948 — September 24, 2022


David "Dave" Eugene Johnson, age 74 of Crawfordsville, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Franciscan Health Lafayette. He was born in Crawfordsville on July 28, 1948 to the late Donald & Ruth (Ronk) Johnson.

Dave graduated from New Market High School in 1966 and proudly served his country in the United States Army as a military policeman during Vietnam. He married the love of his life, Margaret "Meg" Detchon, on April 26, 1969. Dave grew up on the farm and farmed his entire life. He worked for the Crawfordsville Police Department for 32 years, 16 of those years as the Chief of Police. After he retired from the city, he worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department for 10 years as a sheriff's deputy then a process server. He enjoyed fishing, shooting guns, riding/crashing ATV's, canoeing and kayaking, driving his 69 Mach 1 Mustang, and spending time with his grandchildren and all their activities. He will be missed dearly by his friends, family and the community he served.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Johnson of Ladoga; a son, Chad (Amy) Johnson of Crawfordsville; a daughter, Lisa (Matt) Chandler of Fillmore; and four grandchildren, Ally (Kole) Bort and Elijah, Cort, and Noelle Chandler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Duane Johnson; and a grandson, Donovan "Van" David Johnson.

Visitation will be at Whitesville Christian Church, 3603 S Ladoga Road, Crawfordsville on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be at the church on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11:00 am with Rev. Mike Whitacre officiating. The service will be live-streamed and recorded which can be viewed on his obituary page at Burial will follow at Ladoga Cemetery with military honors by the United States Army and Legion Post 72 Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Van Johnson Scholarship Fund, Montgomery County Community Foundation, PO Box 334, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or the Baldwin F.O.P Lodge #90, 311 N Green St, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or Whitesville Christian Church, 3603 S Ladoga Road, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Sanders Priebe Funeral Care entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

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Friday, September 30, 2022

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

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