Howard L. ‘Bud’ Johnson, painter, dies at 70

July 17, 2013

Howard L. “Bud” Johnson, a painter who worked in the carpentry shop at The Washington Post building for 21 years, died July 11 at his home in Philippi, W.Va. He was 70.

The cause was a pulmonary aneurysm, his daughter Kathleen Vicchio said.

Mr. Johnson retired from The Post in 2005. Earlier in his career, he was a painter with the Edward W. Minte Co. in Washington.

Howard Lester Johnson was born in Washington and graduated from Bladensburg High School in 1963.

His avocations included hunting and fishing.

Six years ago, he moved from Mitchellville to Philippi.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Diana Hilton Johnson of Philippi; two children, Kathleen Vicchio of Freeland, Md., and Rebecca Kropf of Philippi; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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