Man who jumped into Lake Michigan after getting lost in woods dies at age 69


A veteran man who got lost in the woods after a night of drinking at a home in northwest Michigan died on Thursday, authorities said.

John Henry Johnson, 79, was found unconscious in the back yard of a home on the city’s northwest side, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The cause of death was listed as hanging.

He had no criminal history, but was listed by family as a retired U.S. Army veteran.

Johnson was an avid canoeist who often traveled to Lake Michigan, where he spent summers as a teenager, said his daughter, Ann Johnson.

He lived in Lakeview, a city about two miles from the city of Ann Arbor, for about a decade.

He was a proud member of the Michigan National Guard, which is a civilian group of veterans that includes some members of the U.P.L.B.A. and the National Guard.

The group has been fighting the use of the term “veterans” and other derogatory terms in the military to describe members.

In his youth, Johnson and his friends went camping, fishing and hunting in the Great Lakes, and were known for their outdoor adventures, his daughter said.

Johnson joined the National Guards in 1972, and served as a helicopter pilot for more than a decade, her father said.

In 1991, Johnson was killed in an air crash, his wife, Betty Johnson, said.

“He was such a caring and loving man,” Betty Johnson said.