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The Honorable Paul Hendricks Johnson, Jr., of Indianapolis, formerly of Peaks Island, Maine, died 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 late Paul Hendricks and Fern Frances (Chambers) Johnson.. Paul served his country with the Army Counter Intelligence Corps, and was a graduate of Dartmouth College in 1948 and Indiana University School of Law in 1955.. Paul was a judge for nearly 20 years and was prosecuting attorney from 1958 to 1962. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1990.. Paul married Rita Gabrielle Michaud on Nov. 25, 1950. They lived in Zionsville, from 1957 to 1990, when they moved to Peaks Island, Maine. They returned to Indianapolis in 2007.. Paul was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church,  in Peaks Island, Maine, and St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church in Zionsville. Paul 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 Johnson (Christina) 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; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.. Paul was preceded in death in 2008 by Rita, his wife of 57 years, and by his sister Barbara Jeanne White.. A Mass of Christian Burial is planned at a later date at St. Christopher Catholic Church, Peaks Island, Maine. 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.
Published on  October 17, 2012
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