Norris Johnson

Dallas, Texas

Norris Johnson, 84, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on Sept. 24, 2019. 

A Celebration of Life was held at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 28. Memorials can be directed to the King of Glory Foundation.

Norris Jerome Johnson was born in Radcliffe, Iowa on Aug. 22, 1935, to Levi and Marie Johnson. He grew up in Woonsocket where his parents ran the Midway Store. He had two sisters, Melva (Johnson) McNeary and Ila (Johnson) Zellmer.

Norris served in the U.S. Army and graduated from South Dakota State University with an Industrial Engineering Degree with advanced studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.  At the age of 20, he married Betty Ann Armfield, and they were blessed with three daughters. 

Norris was a professional engineer. He began his career at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and moved to Dallas, Texas where his job expanded and Collins Radio became Rockwell International. He worked on radio systems for NASA, helped create the first call center in the history of the U.S., and worked on ASCON, a communication system for the Dutch Royal Airforce that integrated with NATO.  He joined in the start-up world of telecommunications with stints at Intecom, VMX, and Specialized Resources. 

After retirement, Norris worked as Director of Operations at King of Glory Lutheran Church for a number of years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Betty Johnson; three daughters, Becky (Clay) Church, Brenda (Steve) Tolson, and Barbara (Julie Frisbie) Reilly; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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