|Henry “Hank” Johnson|
Mr. Johnson, 70, died in Ann Arbor May 1.
He was born Aug. 10, 1951 in Detroit, the son of Henry O. and Rose A. Johnson, who preceded him death. The family moved to the home on Ogemaw Court in Norwayne in 1952 and the family has owned the property for 70 years.
Mr. Johnson's involvement in the Norwayne community during his life has been the catalyst for compassion and stabilization efforts. In 1969, Westland Mayor Eugene McKinney appointed Mr. Johnson as co-chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Norwayne tasked with working to improve the development of the community.
In 2010, Mr. Johnson restarted the Norwayne Community Citizens Council designed to encourage “community” within the Norwayne subdivision through beautification programs, literacy programs, distributing school supplies, supporting or creating recreational programs, and more. In 2015, he was named Westland Citizen of the Year for his work on behalf of the Norwayne Historic District. The Lincoln-Johnson Field was dedicated in his honor at the site of the former Lincoln Elementary School in 2018.
Mr. Johnson was a 1969 graduate of Wayne Memorial High School and attended the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.
The celebration of Mr. Johnson's life will take place at noon Friday, May 6 at Uht Funeral Home at 35400 Glenwood St. in Westland. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, 33510 Glenwood St. in Wayne.
To honor his life and love of the University of Michigan, Mr. Johnson requested a Maize Out for his funeral. In lieu of flowers, he suggested donations to the Norwayne Community Citizens Council, 32150 Dorsey Road, Westland MI, 48186 or The ARC Detroit, 51 W. Hancock St., Detroit MI, 48201.