Carl O. Johnsen of Wappingers Falls entered into rest Thursday, April 13, 2017 at home, surrounded by his family. He was 88.
Son of the late Carl O. and Maude Tracy Johnsen, he was born on September 9, 1928 in Brooklyn. He married Mary Houten on April 27, 1957 in the Bronx; Mrs. Johnsen survives at home in Wappingers Falls.
At age 16, he sailed for Standard Oil Company as a deck hand aboard the SS Mobil Fuel. He enlisted in the Navy and reported aboard the USS Sea Robin (SS407) on 10/22/1945. Carl had his picture in the National Geographic when the USS Sea Robin was the first US submarine to round Cape Horn. His son Carl, who predeceased him, also served in The Navy aboard the Casimir Pulaski-SSBN (633). Carl enjoyed his many years attending Sub Vet functions and serving as chapter president and memorial director. In addition he was a life member of VFW Post #8645 of New Paltz.
In addition to his wife Mary, survivors include his children, Cathy Winkler and her husband, William of Pleasant Valley, and Peter Johnsen and his wife, Elaine of Hyde Park; sister, Ruth Carroll of Brooklyn; his daughter in-law, Cindy Johnsen of Kentucky; many grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Carl D. Johnsen; his brother, David Johnsen; and his sisters, Vera Govertsen and Laurel Ann Johnsen.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home, 55 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Carl's name to USS VI Hudson Valley Base, 4 Central Ave, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
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