Melvin L. "Mel"  Johnson, 72,  of Lawrenceburg, IN, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, died Saturday, June 13, 2009 in Edgewood, KY.

He was born Friday, December 11, 1936 in Dearborn County, Indiana, Son of the late Wayne Johnson and the late Mildred Maples Johnson

He worked as a Mechanic Machinist  for Schenley Distillery, retiring after over 30 years of service.  Mr. Johnson was a professional baseball Scout for the Philadelphia Philly's, and also a promoter for Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Mr.  Johnson held many interest in his life.  He loved being with the grandchildren;   was an avid Racing Fan; coached Basketball and Baseball at South Dearborn; enjoyed Cooking and Grilling Out.  He was a member of South Dearborn Sports Hall of Fame, Lawrenceburg Speedway Hall of Fame.  He played on the  Aurora Basketball Team from 1952-1955, in which they were beaten by the State Champions in 1954 (Hoosier Movie).  He was a member of the Baseball, Football, Track and Shot Put Teams.  Melvin was a member of the South Dearborn All Century Baseball Team.

Surviving are  his wife, Patti Johnson of Lawrenceburg, IN; Daughter, Teri (Bob)  Disch of Aurora, IN; Son , Tim ( Trina)   Johnson of Aurora, IN, 5 Grandchildren, Travis Johnson, Kristopher Johnson, Cody Johnson, Chelsey Johnson,  and Meghann Disch,  3 Great Grandchildren; Sister, Wanda (Allen) Knose of Harrison, OH; Adopted Son, Rudy (Kim) Rudisell of Lawrenceburg, IN.

He was preceded in death by Parents, and Son Tony Johnson.


Friends will be received 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.

Mass Services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 11:00 am with Fr. Jack Hartzer officiating.

Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery,  Aurora, IN.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.  Please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.