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A. Merle Johnson

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A. Merle Johnson

1929-2012 The Johnson Family is saddened to announce the passing of A. Merle Johnson who died on Thursday, August 30th, in Bennington, Vermont after a brief illness.

He was born in Logan, Ohio, July l4, l929 the son of Jacob and Effie Lock Johnson. His family moved to Jamestown, New York from Ohio in l942 and he completed his education there, graduating from Jamestown High School in 1948.

He began his 5l year career in furniture manufacturing working part-time and summers at Crawford Furniture Company in Jamestown and became a full time employee there after graduation. He continued his education by participating in woodworking seminars at the University of Michigan, at the University of Wisconsin, the Forest Products Laboratories at Madison, Wisconsin and Industrial Relations at both Wisconsin and Cornell Universities.

He married Mary Horan on October 28, l950 and shortly thereafter he left to served in the United States Army, during the Korean War with the Signal Corp, until l953 when he returned to Jamestown and Crawford Furniture Co. where he worked as Draftsman, Department Supervisor, Product Engineer and Plant Engineer.

In l967 the Johnsons moved to Bennington, Vermont where Merle worked at Hale Company as Superintendent from l967 to l969. He worked for H.T. Cushman as a Production Manager until l971 and then went to work for Green Mountain Furniture as Production Manager and finally as President.

In l980 he was hired by Ethan Allen, Inc. as a Plant Manager in their Boonville, New York facility where he worked until l988 when he left to become Plant Manager, at the birth place of Ethan Allen, that plant located in Beecher Falls, Vermont. Mr. Johnson worked there, as not only the Plant Manager, but in the following years became the General Manager, North East Region in Case Goods Manufacturing, overseeing five plants, until his retirement in l999 when he and Mary returned to Bennington.

He was a past Director and Vice President of New York State Woodsmens Corporation and past Director of Empire State Forest Product Association. He was long time member of the American Legion Post in Jamestown, N.Y, in Boonville, NY and in Bennington. Vermont. He was also a member of the Bennington Lion's Club.

Mr. Johnson was a wise, kind, loving man who took great pride in his work and his family. Nothing pleased him more than learning of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and spending time with them. He was so thrilled to have a grandson and great grandson named after him. He enjoyed gardening and was a great cook, specializing in wonderful breakfasts and great soups. He and Mary loved traveling, they bought their first time-share in Myrtle Beach in 1977 and every year thereafter have held an annual family reunion there. They also traveled every winter, for a couple of months, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where they met and enjoyed the friendship of people from all over the United States and Canada. He will be greatly missed by his family and so many friends.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, his sister, Virginia Lemon of Springfield, Ohio and his brother, C. Robert Johnson of Warren, Pennsylvania

He is survived by his loving wife Mary of 61years. Other survivors include his two sisters, Thelma Milton and Norma Ortendahl of Jamestown, New York; his three daughters, Deborah Cutler and her husband, Richard, his daughter Stephanie Cheevers, and her husband, Charles, and his daughter, Leslie Gildersleeve and her husband, Lee; seven grandchildren, Matt Cutler and his wife, Katie, Mike Cutler, Catie Cheevers, Jenny Cheevers, Alison Cheevers, CJ. Cheevers, and Danlee Austin Gildersleeve; his great grandsons, Jackson Austin and Logan Patrick Cutler and many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours. A reception to celebrate Merle's life will be held at the Mount Anthony Country Club on Sunday, September 16th 2012 from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Jamestown, New York at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the West Wing at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center or to the .

If friends desire contributions in memory A. Merle Johnson may be made to the West Wing at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.



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Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 31, 2012
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