Robert Philip “Phil” Johnson
January 12, 1938 ‒ July 21, 2017
MANSFIELD: Well-respected by family and friends, Philip was easily recognized not only by his stately stature, but, also by his handlebar mustache & endearing smile. He was a man, who was considered by his son, to be his very best friend in life. He was a gentle man, who always spoke with honesty, thought with sincerity & acted with integrity throughout his life.
Robert Philip “Phil” Johnson, age 79, of Mansfield, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, July 21, 2017 at the Wedgewood Estates of Mansfield, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 12, 1938 to Robert D. & Mary (Ruffner) Johnson of Fredericktown, Ohio.
Growing up on Leedy Road, north of Fredericktown, Philip regularly attended the Palmyra Church of Christ with his family. As a young man, Philip confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and was immersed for the forgiveness of sin.
Philip graduated from Bellville High School. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Dudgeon. They purchased their home & moved their family to Mansfield, Ohio in 1962. Philip began working as a truck driver for Montgomery Wards. He was employed for several trucking companies throughout his driving career, before retiring in 1995 from Weyerhauser in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He retired as a 35 year member of the Teamsters Union Local 40 in Mansfield, Ohio. For many years, he was also a member of the Mid-Ohio Chapter Lincoln Highway.
Philip had a passion for flying. In 1976, he began flight school & earned his private pilot’s license. He purchased a Cessna 150, which he flew with great pleasure for many years. He was a member of the Mansfield Aviation Club.
During his retirement years, Philip developed an interest in woodturning. When others simply saw a rough-cut chunk of wood, Philip saw a beautiful wooden bowl, an inlaid rolling pin or an exquisite pepper mill. His skillful hands would take the seasoned wood and begin the process of creating a timeless heirloom of great value. Together, he & Marilyn, traveled the country displaying & selling his beautiful, wooden treasures at various Artisan shows. His colorful, wooden toy tops were always a delight to every child including his great-grandson, Nathaniel. A true craftsman, Philip was a member of the Central Ohio Woodturners Association and the American Association of Woodturners.
In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, Philip is survived by his son, Jim (Peggy) Johnson of Mt. Vernon, two daughters, Deb (Darrel) Brown of Lexington & Cara (Mike) Carey of Charleston, South Carolina; grandchildren, R. Tyler (Tatiana) Johnson of Norwalk, Connecticut, Christopher & Samuel Johnson of Mt. Vernon, Allison Brown of Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily Brown of Columbus, Philip Carey of Washington D.C. & Adrienne Carey of Charleston, South Carolina; step grandchildren, Chris (Amy) Carey of Ponte Vedra, Florida & Colleen (John) Toth of Medina, Ohio; great-grandson, Nathaniel Johnson; step-great-grandchildren, Quinn & Patrick Carey & John & Cole Toth; a sister Roxanna (John ) Gatton of Bellville; sister-in-laws, Margaret Cooper of Mansfield, Bonnie Haegele of Del Mar, California, Louise Dudgeon of Bellville & Margaret Dudgeon of Marion; two brother-in-laws, Melvin Hite of Pataskala & Norman (Anna) Dudgeon of Ashville, North Carolina; along with many good friends, cousins, nieces & nephews.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents & an infant sister, Charmalee Johnson.
Philip Johnson has left a honorable heritage for his family. It is filled with a lifetime of strength, courage & wisdom. His example of strong work ethics, his love, loyalty & dedication to his family & friends, his passions in life & many of his character traits are very evident in the lives of his children & grandchildren.
The Johnson family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 25 2017 from 2-4 p.m & 6-8 p.m. at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, Ohio 44904, where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Friends may also call the hour prior to the service. Elder John Gatton will officiate. Burial will follow in the Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown, Ohio.
Memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made through the funeral home.
The Snyder Funeral Home Lexington Avenue is honored to serve the family of Robert Philip Johnson, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
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