Joseph E. Johnson Sr., age 76 of Sayre, Pa., formerly of Horseheads , N.Y., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Joseph was born March 21, 1937 in East Troy, Pa., the son of the late LeRoy T. "Babe" Johnson and Marion Belle Porter Johnson. He was a graduate of Sayre High School. Mr. Johnson married his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" May Johnson on April 6, 1957, and they would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on April 6, 2014.
Joseph retired from Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, N.Y., after 28 years of dedicated service. He owned and operated his farm for several years and loved his tractors and was a stock car driver for many years.
Joseph loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving and devoted wife Elizabeth "Betty" May Johnson; his children: Joanne Sherwood of Big Flats, N.Y., Cindy and Rob Harris of Big Flats, N.Y., Joseph E. and Angel Johnson Jr. of St. Louis, Mo., and Craig and Tammy Johnson of Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law: Allien and Allen Rightmire of Sayre, Pa.; brother and sister-in-law: LeRoy and Claudia Johnson of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Jane Austin of Glen St. Mary, Fla., Marion Reynolds of Lake City, Fla., Loretta and Herbert Snodericker of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Leila White of Phillipsburg, Mont., and Clara White of Lake City, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 , 2014, at the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 West Broad Street, Horseheads, N.Y. Mr. Johnson's funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the funeral home. Rev. Robert J. Wuethrich will officiate. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads, N.Y.