Proud, pure, perfect and Republican, WILLIAM EDWARD JOHNSON, passed away on Saturday, September 3rd on his farm in Medford, NJ at the age of 84. Survived by his wife Bette of Medford, his brother Edward of Vermont, sister Maria of Florida, daughter Hille Baldyga and her husband Robert and sons Eric and his wife Karen and Peter and his wife Brenda all of Medford, NJ, Bill was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren Amanda and Benjamin Baldyga, Leah, Gilbert, Olivia, Natalie, William S., Wesley, and James Johnson and one great-granddaughter Reese Baldyga. Born in Burlington, NJ, Bill was a life-long resident of Burlington County. On February 14th 1953, Bill and Bette married after his service in the U.S. Navy and Army. Their love took root on a farm at the corner of Church and Hartford Road in Medford, NJ that Valentine's Day. Once they sold their first ear of sweet corn from a roadside wagon, their business sprouted into the famous Johnson's Corner Farm, a staple for produce and summer picnics in the local area. Many people cannot imagine an autumn without a trip to Johnson's for a wagon ride out to the fields to pick pumpkins and apples. Late in life Bill's greatest love became watching people enjoy the farm from his porch as he sat in one of his handmade chairs. Bill proudly served as a member of a number of civic associations including the NJ State Agricultural Committee, the Burl Co. Board of Agriculture, the Medford-Vincentown Rotary Club, the South Park Deer Club, Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, the Medford Township Board of Education and the Masons. Bill attained a leadership role in each of these communities. Bill was a devoted member of the unofficial Medport Diner Breakfast Club, which fueled him for a hard day's work of tending crops and fixing tractors. Farming is a tough career, but Bill enjoyed every grease stain and bead of sweat that came from his passion for painting the land with produce. Now he's busy paving heaven with golden ears of sweet corn. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 7th at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Medford, NJ. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the BRADLEY & STOW FUNERAL HOME, Medford, NJ. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family requests memorial donations to the Medford-Vincentown Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 365, Medford, NJ 08055. (www.BradleyStow.com)
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Published in the The Central Record on September 8, 2011