Obituary of David H. Johns, Jr.
JOHNS, JR. - David H.
Passed away peacefully at his home in Hamburg, NY, on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the age of 77. He was born on September 15, 1942 and was a longtime resident of Hamburg, NY. He graduated from Frontier High School in 1960. He continued his education at Erie County Technical and the University of Buffalo and graduated in 1968. He was the proud owner of Village Vision in Springville, NY, and several other locations including Angola, East Aurora, Holland and Hamburg, NY. While Dave ran all his businesses he managed to find time to expand upon his hobby as a scuba diver and became a licensed Instructor. Eventually, he closed the optical businesses and opened his dream of Professional Scuba in Hamburg, NY, where he remained in business for 32 years. He was a dive industry leader throughout Western New York and was recognized as an elite scuba diving educator rated as a PADI master scuba instructor for over 40 years. Dave was a Reserve Deputy with the Erie County Sheriff's Office Underwater Recovery Team who worked closely with numerous law enforcement agency dive teams throughout Western New York, including the New York State Police. He was loved and respected by the entire community.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Lois (McCauley) and David Johns; in-laws, Gladys and Jack Knepflar; brother, James Johns; brother-in-law, Kenneth Knepflar; he is survived by his wife of 55 years, Constance (Knepflar); his daughter, Jackie (David) Sargent; his grandchildren, Justin (Tory) Johns, Erica Johns (Tom Flatley), Emily Johns-Sargent, (Ryan Strasser), Jacob Johns-Sargent (Brandy Crusan), Jack and Faith Sargent; 10 Great-Grandchildren, Alexis & Liam Johns, Bentley, Cayden & Ryder Johns, Violet & Layla Johns-Sargent, Lucas Strasser, Zoey Johns & Aiden Flatley; a sister, Elmira (Bob) Krueger; brothers, Tom (Lauraine), Ron (Cindy) and sister-in-law, Karen Johns; in addition to many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dave was under the care of Hospice Buffalo-Southtowns where he received extraordinary care and compassion, a special thank you to his nurse, Deb and social worker, Anna.
A Memorial Service will be held by his home church, Lake View Community Church, for close friends and family, which he attended every Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to Lake View Community Church, 2043 Lake View Rd, Lake View, NY 14085; or, Pioneer Camp & Retreat Center, 9324 Lake Shore Rd, Angola, NY 14006; or, Hospice Buffalo-Southtowns.
Arrangements by: ERIE COUNTY CREMATION SERVICE, (716) 824-6435, 873 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, NY 14220. Please share your condolences at: www.ERIECOUNTYCREMATIONSERVICE.com