Lowell C Johnson
July 21, 1918 ‒ September 17, 2009
MANSFIELD ~ Ask Lowell Johnson “how do you feel?” and he’d reply, “with my fingers!” With an upturned grin and a twinkle in his eye, that quick comeback was reflective of his sharp wit and sense of humor. His simple way of responding to questions with another question was Lowell’s way of engaging a conversation.
Lowell passed away Thursday morning September 17, 2009 in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus following a short illness. He was 91.
Born Lowell C. Johnson on July 21, 1918 in Middlebury Township, Knox County, near Fredericktown, he was the son of Otto Corwin and Helen Blanche (Bishop) Johnson.
He served with the Marine Corps during WWII, and was trained as an expert rifleman. A veteran of the Pacific Theater, Lowell was injured on Iwo Jima.
No stranger to hard physical labor, for thirty years he worked with Great Lakes Steel Company in Ecorse, Michigan ~ most of those years as first helper on the open hearth furnace ~ and retired in 1970.
Following retirement, he went back to work, first with Landmark Feed Company in Mount Gilead, and later with the Morrow County Highway Department, serving with the bridge maintenance crew.
Lowell held memberships with American Legion Post #16, Mansfield, V.F.W. Post #5101, Lexington, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter #21, Mansfield. He was also a member of Bellville Lodge #376 F&AM, Royal Arch Masons of Trenton, Michigan, and was a member of Order of Eastern Star Ruth Chapter #17 and had served as past patron of the former Chapter #291 O.E.S. of Bellville.
A member of Berean Baptist Church, Lowell was active with the Men’s Bible Class, Berean Gold, and formerly served as head usher. Each evening Lowell retreated from the dinner table to the living room to read his Bible and “pray through” the church’s pictorial directory.
The consummate “good host”, Lowell was not a stranger to anyone. From even modest resources, he ensured that guests in his home “got the best of what he had.”
Giving folks the best was natural for Lowell, whether walking in the church doors, or out in the community, he was well known for offering a piece of candy ~Werther’s Original butterscotch candies ~ to everyone he met.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years Pattie Sue (Ewing) Johnson, whom he married July 27, 1963; sons, daughters and -in-laws Richard & Mary Johnson of Lapeer, MI, Michael Johnson in Alabama, Paul & Nina Carolina Johnson of Lexington, SC, Lester & Carol Rosan of Alma, MI, Margaret Boots of North Branch, MI, and Susan & Steven Schrader of Jefferson City, MO; an “adopted daughter” Donna Bilbee and her husband Larry of Bellville; 29 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law Norman & Lucinda Johnson of Mansfield, Donnely & Marilyn Johnson of Lexington and Richard & Susan Johnson of Galion; a sister-in-law Ethel Johnson in Bellville; and numerous nieces, nephews and brothers- and sisters-in-Christ.
He was preceded in death by a son Jim Johnson; a brother Wilford “Bill” Johnson; and a sister Madeline Rogers.
The Johnson family will receive friends today, Friday, September 18, 2009 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Pastors David Pound and Jim Berry will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to the Deacon’s Fund of Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral home.
Condolences may be made to the Johnson family online by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com