River McNair Johnson
September 30, 1996 – June 28, 2021 (age 24)
River McNair Johnson of Malvern, PA passed away on June 28, 2021. River was born on September 30, 1996 in Paoli, PA to his parents Scott G. Johnson and Colleen M. Madison and was raised in Malvern, PA. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Winifred M. and Clarence M. Johnson. The oldest son, he is survived by his parents Scott (Deborah Ludwig), Colleen (Brandon Madison), his grandparents Marie Lizotte, Maury Lizotte, and Walter Deery, and 8 siblings Rain, Zach, Lake, Noah, Storm, Falls, Bay and Brook.
A 2015 graduate of Great Valley High School, he attended Wilkes University and West Chester University studying Business. River was an accomplished athlete. He was an Eastern National Wrestling Champion in 2004 for the Marple Newtown Youth Tigers, a member of the Chester Valley Little League District Championship team, and a member of the 2008 Conestoga Generals Bux-Mont Pop Warner Football Championship team. A 4 year starter for the Great Valley Patriot Varsity Football team and 2 year team captain, he helped lead the Great Valley Patriots to their only District Championship Football title in 2014 playing alongside his beloved brothers and teammates. He went on to be a freshman starter on the Wilkes University Colonels Football team. After numerous injuries, he transferred to West Chester University to continue his academics.
During his time at WCU, he survived a serious motor vehicle accident and suffered life changing injuries. River was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in West Chester his entire life, and following his recovery from the accident, he dedicated the remainder of his life to spreading the love and salvation of Jesus Christ.
Those that knew River spoke often of his sweet soul, a smile that could light up a room, his love for family and friends, desire and work ethic to excel in all that he did, his athletic abilities, and his passion for leading people to Christ.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Service of Christian Burial on Thursday July 8th at Trinity Assembly of God, 1022 Pottstown Pike, West Chester, PA. 19380. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 am, and the service to begin at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of River Johnson may be made in support of the ministries through Trinity Assembly of God @ https://trinityag.org/giving or to the Neuro ICU at Jefferson @ Jefferson.edu/giveneuro or via check payable to “Jefferson” and mailed to: Office of Institutional Advancement, 125 S. 9th Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia PA 19107.
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