William Howard Johnson Sr.

March 29, 1952 ‒ April 27, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

William Howard Johnson Sr. went to be with the Lord on April 27, 2016. He was a 64 year old grandpa, father, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed by all.

On March 29, 1952, Howard was born in Gallipolis, OH, the son of the late Hily and Dora Lee (Varney) Johnson. He completed his high school education from Mount Gilead in 1970.

Howard didn’t know a stranger and would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was an experienced mechanic with over 40 years devoted to the industry, working most of his years at C&D Chevrolet in Mount Gilead.  He also dedicated many years to coaching his children’s sports teams while they were growing up.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and telling stories.  He often gathered with a group of friends at Wendy’s for dinner and to enjoy each other’s company.

He cherished every chance he got to play music. Howard taught himself to play the guitar, dobro, banjo and mandolin and shared his deep love for music with others. He even built several of his own guitars. Howard played with a group of bluegrass pickers that were very close to his heart. Howard gave his time to share his music at senior centers and churches, including North Woodbury Freewill Baptist where he often attended. He inspired his granddaughter, Madison, to play and she will continue to play as he smiles from above.

Back in the day, he loved to coon hunt and he loved to hear his grandson Nolan’s hunting stories. We could always count on Grandpa Howard to be a number 1 fan at the baseball games for his grandsons, Zach and Caleb. He would always throw in his two cents from his lawn chair! Ella and Kinsley are the newest grandchildren and would brighten up his day by watching their innocence and smiles. During his last visit Kinsley took two steps and said “paw” which made his day. He always said the grandkids were such a “bright spot” in his world.

Howard will be remembered as a straight forward man with a gruff personality at times, but with a soft, loving heart for his family and friends.

He leaves behind his three children: Laurie (Travis) Hall of Irving, TX, William (Erica) Johnson Jr. of Mount Gilead, Tammy (Curtis) Wetzel of Mount Gilead; six grandchildren: Nolan Johnson, Zachary Wetzel, Madison Hall, Caleb Wetzel, Ella Johnson, Kinsley Wetzel; a sister, Connie (Tom) Beach of Galion; a brother, Robert (Judy) Johnson of South Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews. We will miss him always and forever. Love you Dad; you are our forever angel.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde D. Johnson.

Howard’s family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016, with Pastor Rob Ratcliff and Pastor Mark Tuggle officiating.  Burial will follow in Glendale Cemetery in Cardington.

To honor Howard’s love of music, a scholarship fund will be set up at Highland Local Schools for the music department.  To make a donation, please make check payable to “Highland Local Schools Scholarship Fund” and write “Johnson” in memo line.  Contributions may be made in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Howard’s family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I knew Howard for awhile . He always had a kind word to say to me , when I stop in to see my mom and stepdad at C&D . He will be missed . I give my condolences to the family and friends of Howard . May God be with the family thru this heartbreak of losing a Great man.