Johnson to Enter Hall of Fame


By Kevin Eickman

There are two types of people that reside in the community. Those that live in it and those that live for it. Of those two, Charles “Bucky” Johnson was definitely the latter. Johnson was nominated to the Milford High School 12th man Gridiron Club in the Loyal Supporters category by his longtime friend and former Delaware Representative Bob Voshell.

“Bucky was a real people person, the kind of person people tended to gravitate to. He was always telling jokes and making people laugh,” Voshell said. “The man was simply a treasure in the Milford community.”

After losing a leg due to cancer, Johnson went through a bit of a tough time which would be expected of anyone. “When he first lost his leg he was really depressed. It was a battle for him but he fought his way through it,” Voshell stated. “Once he worked his way out of it however he was full go. He got himself a specially equipped van and if there was a Milford sporting event, without a doubt he would be there to watch it and cheer on his Buccaneers.”

While attending Milford, Johnson played football as well as baseball and basketball. Speaking with his son Mike Johnson, who also excelled at sports during his time at Milford, he was pretty impressed with his father’s athletic prowess. “We came across some old newspaper articles a while back and he had quite a few mentions in them,” he said. Mike would get a demonstration when he was 12 years old as he challenged his father to a race. “I was feeling pretty good and thought I could take him, he absolutely smoked me. I couldn’t believe how fast he was.”

Besides his avid support of Milford football until his passing in October of 2000, Johnson was an avid supporter of all kinds of sports for community. “He was really involved in little league and was one of the founding members of the National Guard basketball league that used to play their games in the old armory,” Mike said. “He just loved the community and loved being a part of it.”

Johnson served in and retired from the National Guard after a career of over thirty years. Working his way up to Warrant Officer, the highest rank an enlisted man can achieve. “He was very dedicated to the Guard, just like everything he did,” Mike stated.“He expected the same out of us two when it came to anything we did. There were no half measures with him. When you got a compliment from him you earned it. I remember he told me I was a pretty good shortstop one time. Then he joked that he was better at the plate though.”

When asked what Bucky would think about being selected to the Hall of Fame, his friend Bob Voshell commented, “He would have been so thrilled and honored. Milford football meant so much to him and to be recognized for the support he gave the team over the years would have truly humbled him.”

Besides his sons Mike and Mark, Johnson is also survived by his wife Francis.

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