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Amid the shock of Harold Dean Johnson’s shooting death in Bowling Green, friends and family remembered the former Radcliff resident as someone who enjoyed life and had a “fun-loving” nature.
“He was always a fun-loving guy with a very good sense of humor about him,” said Mark Johnson, a cousin. “He was a good guy.”
Harold Dean Johnson, 51, was shot and killed early Monday outside Domino’s Pizza on Stonehenge Avenue in Bowling Green. An armed man entered the business and demanded money. Johnson was shot outside the store.
Bowling Green Police have arrested John Paul Shobe. The 20-year-old lived near the store and initially was charged with giving officers a false name, alcohol intoxication in a public place and fleeing and evading arrest on foot, according to a story in the Bowling Green Daily News.
After detectives gained enough information for a search warrant of Shobe’s apartment, the release stated evidence from the search prompted police to charge Shobe with Johnson’s homicide and the robbery, according to the newspaper.
Crystal Golden of Rineyville, who knew Johnson for about 18 years and worked for him at Domino’s in Radcliff, said the 1980 graduate of North Hardin High School was a good man.
“He was a very loving, kind, hard-working man who absolutely adored his children,” Golden said.
Among survivors are his two children, Harold Dean Johnson Jr. and Samantha “Sami” Basham of Bowling Green, and a stepdaughter, Mindi Wilson of Georgia.
Johnson was general manager of Domino’s and spent his entire work career with the company, about 33 years, Golden said.
Mark Johnson said he saw his cousin last month when he traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a birthday celebration for his aunt, Dorothy Flynn, who turned 90.
Mark said Harold seemed in great spirits during the visit.
“When he returned to Kentucky, he sent me a text saying how much he enjoyed seeing everyone,” he said.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff.
The funeral is at 9:30 a.m. Friday with burial to follow in North Hardin Memorial Gardens in Radcliff.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or email@example.com.