I met Dannie in 1991-92, we were working on a big job for Eli Lilly's in Clinton, In. We became good friends and we went fishing several times. He was a lot better fisherman than me. I'm sure he will have a great fishing spot where he's at now. Sure going to miss you, buddy
I also knew Dannie from the westside and school # 50 football. I think we got into a couple of fights over something stupid. They say memories are twice as nice and I found that to be true with the westside. Knowing Dannie, Eddie ,Steve and a few others was a great foundation for great things to come. When i was invited to Rhodius swimming pool with a few people like above it stills stands out as a fun time with the best in the neighborhood. Later on I ran into Dannie and he was like a peacock being in a band and playing in front of screaming girls. Down the road I hope we are all in a great place above and start a football team together where you can never lose. There is only one Dannie.
The Dog & I have been friends forever except the one time when we had a Will Smith slap-athon in Stevie Sears' front yard, circa 1954 (it was cousin Robbie's fault). Their Grandma Rose was my great uncle's 20+ years girlfriend. Rose was our baby-sitter for all 8 years of School 50. She died in June 1961. Danny and I were teammates in sports thru high school. Our 6th grade year (1958) at Bahr Park he and Bird were tackling each other when Dog knocked out Billy's front teeth. We were the only IPS team that did not have face masks. Circa 1956 Salem Park's Dale Bollinger decided that it would be "cool" to have nicknames based on our initials. (I didn't start it) Danny's "D.J." became Dog Jazz under Dale's tutelage but I did name Billy Apple "Bird A_ _, the only two names that perservered. Since Jazz was "racy" in the '50's and A was not good they both shortened to Dog and Bird forever. Robbie's RS, Steve's SP, my EB and Moose already had a nickname as did Garbage Mouth. Dog always had a unique pride about himself. He never spoke harshly about his high school girlfriend who found a new boyfriend at Ball State when he was serving our country in Vietnam. After another Vietnam hero's (Mark Gladson) wife died in 2009, the three of us began to meet for breakfast once a week in Mooresville or at Rosemont 's Cafe. Dog quit drinking in 2004. Then Gladson died in 2012, Billy died in 2017 in California. And now Danny is gone to a higher calling. In mid-Feb. Cousin Robbie did Danny a great service February with his prayer session. Danny's 14 tackles vs. Broad Ripple at Homecoming when his grade school girlfriend Clancie Opp was named Queen was his greatest game. I could go on forever. At Charley Brown's Wednesday, waitress Dawn continues her respect setting out Dog's distinctive coffee creamer and a down-turned cup. Danny's years in bands with his best buddy Mark Downton were always at the top of his memory list, and many nights also for me and Regina. We will always remember him and his life.
I have known Danny since he was a little boy. My parents rented our upstairs on Belleview to his parents when we were small. So many years ago.
Just too many gone too soon. Sandy Porter Jinkins.
Fond memories of Danny when growing up on the Westside. Fun times at grade school #50 and high school at GWHS. Will always cherish those memories and our friendship. The times have passed much too quickly.
Thanks you, Danny, for your Military Service and for being a true Patriot.
May you RIP!! Your friend, Steve Purichia
Dannie has been a friend of mine since grade school at Hawthorne Scool #50. We shared a lot of good, fun times throughout the years. I especially enjoyed your band days with my brother. Those were the best of times.
Eddie and I got a new puppy. His name is Chimi Dog. He is a chihuahua mix and the "Dog" is for Dannie. Eddie and the "south of Washington St." gang had nicknames for each other. Dannie was - Dog. Dannie got to see our puppy, when Eddie took the puppy into the Greenwood Health Center. Dannie asked Eddie what the puppy's name was. Eddie answered "Dog".
Eddie is at Charlie Brown's this morning.
Thanks for the great memories, Dannie.
I met Danny in my freshman year at GWHS 1961. Thru the years we played football together and hung out with one another. When we came home from the service about 8 or 9 guys formed the Lake Schafer Navy with Gary Sylvester as the Captain. Thru the years after we got regular jobs we still would keep in contact with each other and socialized. Dog is a great friend and fellow veteran. God bless you Dog. I pray that God looks out for your family. You were and still are a good friend. I will miss you and cherish the fun times we had. Rest In Peace.
He was long time neighbrhood buddy, with so many more of us, and sad, we all have to get old, but for me to many good memories of living on the west side, and growing up there. Helped mke me the man I am, THanks to Danny and all the old gang there. I was luck to grow up there, an have so many friends, who help influace my life, Danny, Rest in Peace,
My friend Ed Bopp introduced me to Gary Sylvester and Dannie at Butler university in the fall of 1968 right after he returned from Vietnam. We became friends and have been for over 50 years. We hung out a lot from then on. Many trips to Indiana Beach with the Westside boys and the Eastside boys staying at Scoop Taylor's cabin. Scoop, also a Vietnam Vet, and the Dog became buddies and worked and partied a lot. Dannie was always great fun to be around and I have great memories of him. He was always glad to see me and I was glad to see him whenever I came to Indy. My condolences to his family. I was glad to hear that he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in the past few weeks. I'll never forget Dannie "the Dog" Johnson.
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