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HILLSBORO, Ind. - Joe Madison Johnson, 79, Hillsboro, passed away at 8:17 p.m. EDT Saturday, September 23, 2017, in Franciscan Health, Lafayette, Ind.
Joe was born in Marshfield, in Warren County, Indiana, on August 18, 1938. He was the son of the late Robert Paul and Zola Pearl (Butler) Johnson. Joe was raised in the Marshfield community and attended West Lebanon High School. He has resided in Hillsboro for the past 40 years.
Joe was employed with Holmes & Company, Inc. in Columbia City, Ind. He was a timber and veneer buyer for the company. He worked in this field since the age of 18.
Joe served in the Indiana National Guard. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed the outdoors and like to hunt pheasant. He was an avid skeet shooter. He was a NASCAR fan and Jeff Gordon was his favorite driver. You could find Joe on a Friday night following his beloved Fountain Central Mustang football team. If you didn't find him at a football game you could find Joe watching his granddaughter Kyree Shelley play softball for the Frankfort High School Hotdogs.
Joe leaves behind a son, Nick (Chris) Johnson, Sulphur, La.; a daughter, Kelly Johnson, Frankfort, Ind.; an "adopted son" Clayton Morgan, Wallace; three stepchildren, Chris (Kristen) Beddick, Latrobe, Pa., Gary (Jane) Mitchell, Brownsburg and Scott (Missy) Mitchell, Newtown; a sister, Bonnie Knapp, Danville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Emily Nicole Johnson, Logan Crum and Kyree Jo Shelley; eight step-grandchildren, William and Jack Beddick; Scott, Aimee and Makenze Mitchell, Brittany, Andrew and Katelyn Mitchell; a great-grandson, Leyton R'Lee Crum; seven nephews, Doug Knapp, Danville, Ill., Roland Easter, Elizabethtown, Ky., Charles Easter, West Lebanon, Monica Strawser, Attica, Jimmy Strawser, Lafayette, Jane Ann Johnson, San Antonio, Texas, and Brenda Holbrook, Johnstown, Colo. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Johnson, along with a sister, Bonita Strawser, and a nephew, Craig Johnson.
Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Hillsboro, 4-8 p.m. EDT Thursday, September 28. Services will be at 11 a.m. EDT Friday, September 29, at the funeral home, with his nephew Rev. Doug Knapp officiating. Burial will follow in West Lebanon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Condolences may be sent on line to www.mausfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 26, 2017
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