Charles Johnson
Nov. 12, 1927 — Oct. 25, 2015

Charles Johnson Charles W. Johnson, 87, The Villages, Fla., passed away Oct. 25, 2015, in The Villages.

 Charles was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Tomah, to Ethelwyn and Charles O. Johnson. He graduated from Waukesha High School and joined the Army, where he was an MP.

He later joined the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff and later became a detective for 18 years. In 1969, he became chief of police in Jefferson, where he retired after 16 years and moved to Florida in 1985. He served as interim chief of police for Lady Lake in 1987.

 Charles attended several colleges and universities on his way to earning his masters degree and taught part-time, criminal justice and sociology.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, in 2013. Survivors include his children Kay Hoff (Tom) of Littleton, Colo., Carol Renz (Bill) of Ocala, Fla., Paula Brick (Ed); grand-children Bryan and Gina Hoff, Brandon Renz, Tyler and Adam Brick, as well as one great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, The Villages, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 9-10 a.m., funeral service at 10:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla., with full military honors. The family asks in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, 250 Avenida Los Angelos, The Villages, FL 32162.

Online condolences may be left at Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lady Lake, Fla.