Roy S. "Sam" Johnson, 73, of rural Nevada, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Roy was born June 11, 1938, in Crawford County, to Roy D. and Beulah (Cress) Johnson, both of whom are deceased. He married Ellen Markley June 28, 1959, at Nevada Lutheran Church, and she survives.
Also surviving are four children, Kim (Kevin) Kirgis of Bloomville, Jami (Don) Niederkohr of Upper Sandusky and Steven Johnson and L. Ann (Troy) Johnson, both of Nevada; six grandchildren, Ryan (Heather) Ward, Rachael (Jordan) Bowersox, Aaron (Mindy) Niederkohr, Jordan (Pamela) Johnson, Devin Johnson and Aidan Johnson; four great-grandchildren, Madison and Mason Ward, Shelby Bowersox and Trey Johnson; his twin brother, Ray (Nancy) Johnson of Marion; two sisters, Beverly (Don) Clark of Monnett and Connie (Ron) Fahl of Bucyrus; and many nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Burkey.
He retired from Swan Hose, Bucyrus, after 51 years of employment, having last worked in the receiving department. Roy was a member of Nevada Lutheran Church and the following antique tractor clubs: Crawford Antique Farm Association and Indian Mill Antique Association. Roy enjoyed collecting, restoring and showing his Allis Chalmers tractors at various events.
Throughout the years Roy enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing, bike riding, vegetable gardening, cutting wood and spending time with his family.
A funeral for Roy S. Johnson will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. Chelsea Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at Nevada Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations: Hospice of Wyandot County, Crawford Antique Farm Association or Indian Mill Antique Association in care of Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, 401 S. Main St., Nevada, OH 44849.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lucasbatton.com.