James Duane Johnson, 60, of McKeesport, departed this life Wednesday, September 18, 2019. He was a son of Joan C. Richardson Johnson and the late James Edward Johnson. He was a graduate of McKeesport Area High School. He was a formerly employed with Caruso & Son Asphalt and Paving company. He also worked at United States Steel in Duquesne and previously Radisson Hotel of Monroeville.
He is survived by his mother, Joan C. Johnson; wife, Denise McGriff Johnson; children Kassie (Michael) Haskins and Denisha (Cordell) Bennett; his siblings Janene (Timothy) Jordan, of Hampton, VA, and Theresa, of McKeesport. He is also survived by an uncle, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many caring friends. He was preceded in death by his father James E. Johnson and brother Jamal E. Johnson.
James “Duane” was a devoted husband and loving father and protector to his daughters and sisters. He was blessed with two kidney transplants that allowed him to see the birth of three beautiful granddaughters, one born on his birthday. He loved teasing and playing with the girls, they were blessed to be able to spend a lot of quality time with their grandfather in his final days.
James “Duane” was shy to most, but was known as the family prankster from a child to an adult. H loved to laugh and listen to music. He loved to watch sports, especially boxing. He will be missed and remembered by many. He will live on in the young lives of his granddaughters and the individuals that received his life saving donations.