Gerald "Gary" Lee Johnson

1937 - 2020

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Gerald Lee Johnson, 83, of Findlay, passed away on November 4, 2020 at his residence. He was born February 9, 1937 in Findlay, Ohio to the late Victor and Dora (Dukes) Johnson, also Step-mother Donita Beam Johnson is deceased. He married Esther M. Fruth on January 7, 1962 and she survives. He is survived by his children; Gregory (Sherri) Johnson of Findlay, OH, Sally (Chris) Fleegle, Rockford, IL, and Marsha Hall, Bloomington, IN.; sister, L. Jane Shoop of Upper Arlington, OH; 7 grandchildren: Derek Johnson (deceased), Faith Johnson, Jordan Fleegle, Austin Fleegle, Sydney (Jacob) Van Arsdel, Joshua Hall, and Natalie Hall and 5 step-grandchildren. Gary was a 1956 graduate of Van Buren High School. Gary worked for Northern Sugar Beet Company, Colonial Delivery Company, Garner Trucking, Small Wood Brothers Trucking Company, Hyway Trucking, Hancock County Soil and Water and Brandman Iron Company. He was a member of the Ohio National Guard, Toastmasters, and served 30 years on the Marion Township Zoning and Appeals Board. Farming was his whole life starting when he was three under a tree with a toy tractor and he never quit. He lived sixteen years in a one room schoolhouse that his mother attended. He was proud to say he lived on the same road all his life. Gary was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church for many years and more recently a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church. A private family funeral service will be held at the farm with Pastor Brett Kelly officiating and burial will follow at Arcadia Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Riley Children's Foundation (memo line: IUDM Natalie Hall), 30 S. Meridian St 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jackson, FL 32256 or Donors Choice. Arrangements have been entrusted by Coldren-Crates Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information

  • Final Resting Place:

    Arcadia Cemetery [Map]

    Arcadia, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    Wounded Warrior Project -
    For Online Donations, please select above link.
    4899 Belfort Rd, Suite 300
    Jacksonville, FL 32256

    Riley Childrens Foundation on memo line IUDM Natalie Hall
    30 S. Meridian St. Suite 200
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • Instructions:

    A private family funeral service.



Condolences For Gerald "Gary" Lee Johnson

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To : Johnson Family
Date :Thursday, November 5th 2020
From : Pamela Marvin Lim
I have very fond memories of gary from growing up. You all have my thiughts and prayers.



To : Jane Shoop
Date :Thursday, November 5th 2020
From : Gloria King Wolfe
Jane, I saw your brother Gary's obit on Facebook. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. He has gone forth where there is no worry, no pain. Condolences to you and all your family.



To : Johnson family
Date :Friday, November 6th 2020
From : Linda Steve Darnall
Our sympathy for the passing of your husband & father. I have many good memories of him and his service to Van Buren School & community ❤️
May he live on in your hearts and you can hold the memories close- until you meet again!
Sally & Greg- good memories of you, too -you come from good people



To : Gerald LJohnson family
Date :Friday, November 6th 2020
From : Chaplain Gary and CharleneRinehart
Have our deepest sympathy.
Knew Gerald through farming and church.
My God give you peace and comfort.
Chaplain Gary and CharleneRinehart



To : Johnson family
Date :Friday, November 6th 2020
From : Linda Steve Darnall
Our sympathy for the passing of your husband & father. I have many good memories of him and his service to Van Buren School & community ❤️
May he live on in your hearts and you can hold the memories close- until you meet again!
Sally & Greg- good memories of you, too -you come from good people



To : Johnson family
Date :Friday, November 6th 2020
From : Chaplain Gary Rinehart
Have our deepest sympathy!
Knew Gary through farming and church.
May God give you peace and comfort.
Chaplain Gary and CharleneRinehart



To : Johnson Family
Date :Friday, November 6th 2020
From : Pam Peyton Smallwood
It was a honor to have Gary work with us at our trucking company. I know He and Ted are up in heaven discussing farming.

All my Love




To : Ester and family
Date :Friday, November 6th 2020
From : Nancy Recker
Dear Ester, I want to send my deepest sympathy for the loss of Gary. Many memories of you and Gary at the Farm Bureau meetings. I will be sending many prayers, as I know how you and the family feel.
Love Nancy



To : The Johnson Family
Date :Friday, November 6th 2020
From : John Peterson Sr
May God give you peace and comfort during this most difficult time. I considered it a great privilege to have known Gary. He was a true gentleman.



To : The Gary Johnson Family
Date :Friday, November 6th 2020
From : Larry June Hodges
We treasure our memories with Gary when we lived in
Findlay. He was a true friend and fellow believer in Jesus. We know everyone misses Gary, but remember, he is in the perfect place prepared for us
serving the Lord face to face.



To : The Johnson Family
Date :Saturday, November 7th 2020
From : Darl and Pam Deeds
Our condolences on the loss of Gary. I hadn't seen him for a while but we always spoke when we did see each other. We met years ago due to Farming being our primary careers and trucking being a way to keep farming and keep busy. Sorry for your loss!



To : Esther Johnson and family
Date :Saturday, November 7th 2020
From : Jean Foust
Esther, I am so sorry to hear about Gerald. He will be missed.
You have my deepest sympathy.



To : Esther and families 34d2
Date :Sunday, November 8th 2020
From : PowellCharlotte Prater
we want to extend our sympathy and prayers for your loss

sincerely



To : The Fleegle Family
Date :Monday, November 9th 2020
From : The Martin Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Michael and Sherry Martin



To : The Fleegle Family
Date :Monday, November 9th 2020
From : The Martin Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Michael and Sherry Martin



To : The Johnson Family
Date :Tuesday, November 10th 2020
From : Rose Eichar
I’m sorry for your loss. I knew your dad when he came to Dr. Glamm’s dentist office. He was such a nice man with a great personality. He will be missed.



To : The Johnson Family
Date :Sunday, November 15th 2020
From : Rex Miller
I was a classmate of Gerald's and have many happy memories of him since that time. Our paths have crossed on occasion since then and he always had a smile and a good word. I am proud to have considered him a friend. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. He will be missed.




To : Esther
Date :Monday, November 16th 2020
From : Sue Child
Oh, dear Esther,

What an unusual fellow Gary Johnson was! He always had an interesting observation about something. The last time we saw him regularly was at Miller's. More than thirteen years ago.

You and Gary took wonderful care with Donita. That surely goes a long way in telling the measure of a person. He (and you) did seem to measure up there!

He was a character for sure. Kind thoughts and prayers for you all as you navigate this new norm.

Sue



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