The public is invited to turn out Wednesday and Thursday to help honor Brendan Johson, 45, a U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant from Fishkill who was killed earlier this month in a military plane crash.
Johnson, a Vermont native, will arrive at McHoul Funeral Home, 1089 Main St., in Fishkill, around 1 p.m. Wednesday accompanied by a motorcade and be transferred to another vehicle for a trip to Stewart Air National Guard Base for a military ceremony, said Doug McHoul, of McHoul Funeral Homes.
Johnson was one of 15 Marines and one Navy corpsman killed when the aircraft he was aboard crashed in Mississippi on July 10. Nine of the Marines were based at Stewart in Newburgh.
State police said drivers should expect intermittent road closures on Main Street in the Village of Fishkill, and on Route 52, during the procession.
Following the service at Stewart, Johnson's body will be brought back to the funeral home, McHoul said.
Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at McHoul Funeral Home and are open to the public, he added.
After the calling hours, an honor guard ceremony with full military honors will be held in front of the funeral home, McHoul said.
Main Street will be closed during the service.
Johnson was born in Burlington, Vermont on August 19, 1971. In 1994, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and began a 23 year-long military career. He had a distinguished service record and was a Veteran of Operating Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.
He was also the recipient of numerous honors and recognitions.
He is survived by his wife, Anna M. Tousey; his parents, Kevin and Suzanne (LeBlanc) Johnson; his brother, Cullen Johnson; his father-in-law, David Tousey, wife Terry; his mother-in-law Sharon Flint, married to Jim; his brother-in-law, Ben Tousey; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, godchildren, bonus family and other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph & Helaine Johnson and Valerien & Theresa LeBlanc.
For online tributes, you can visit his Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com .
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