Paul H. Johnson, 88, of Hoytville, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020 at his residence.
Paul was born on March 5, 1932 in Somerville, Alabama to the late Rev. William Paul and Esther (LeCroy) Johnson. He married Evelyn “Ruth” Copus on June 18, 1954 while stationed in Newfoundland during the Korean War and she preceded him in death on June 2, 1993. He then married Edna (Kline) Hathaway on April 23, 1994 and she survives in McComb. Also surviving are his children: William “Bill” (Dawn) Johnson of Hillsborough, NC, Duane “Ed” (Linda Shade) of Hoytville, Paula (James) Rosencrans and Joy Johnson of Findlay, and Melissa (Jeff) Auchmuty of Custar; grandchildren: Julie (Boris) Beckers, Caleb and Nathan Johnson, Michelle (Brandon) Holder, Bryce (Kathryn Allen) Vascik, Trevor (Ashley) Auchmuty, Stephen and Dalton Auchmuty, Austin Johnson and Toni (Brandon) Harris, and six great-grandchildren; brother Ned (Ann) Johnson of Cleveland, Tennessee; step-children Shirley (Dave) Shuey of McComb, Ty and Scott (Linda) Hathaway of Franklin, and Pallas (Perry) Emmitt of Deshler and a host of loving step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
Paul attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia for one year before enlisting in the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country. Paul was a member of the McComb American Legion and the 40-8 Club. Paul had the honor in 2013 of attending Flag City Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Paul owned and operated Johnson Heating, Plumbing and Electric and also worked for Dow Chemical in Findlay as well as Equity Meats in North Baltimore. He was also a member of the McComb Lions Club and the Hoytville United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir for many years. Paul served on the board of the Hoytville Youth and Community Outreach (HYCO) and was very active with the McComb PTO, Hoytville Little League Baseball where he was a coach as well as an umpire, and bowled on leagues in Deshler. Paul enjoyed attending sporting and music events of his grandchildren and step grandchildren, liked watching sports on TV, and was a big Tennessee Volunteers fan. Paul was very active in 4-H during his high school years where he had the honor of representing the State of Tennessee and was able to meet President Harry Truman.
A private inurnment with Military honors was held in the McComb Union Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Hoytville United Methodist Church, 19921 E. Church St., Hoytville, Ohio 43529, Rev. Hugh Bowland, officiating. Paul's services will be livestreamed on the Hanneman Funeral Home Findlay & McComb Facebook page. The family request that you wear your favorite sports team shirt as Paul loved all sports. A funeral meal will follow. If attending the luncheon, please contact Paula Rosencrans via Facebook messenger or 419-348-0357 by Saturday, June 12, 2021 so the family can have a count.
Arrangements have been entrusted with the Hanneman Funeral Home, 370 Park Dr. S., McComb, Ohio 45858.
Memorial contributions may be gifted to the church, HYCO, P. O. Box 148, Hoytville, OH 43529 or to Flag City Honor Flight, P. O. Box 885, Findlay, OH 45839.
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