William E. Johnson, age 80, of Ephratah passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady after a brief illness.
He was born on May 11, 1932, in Gloversville, eldest son of the late Edward and Betty (Dineen) Johnson. Bill was a Class of 1949 graduate of Johnstown High. He honorably served in his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Johnson was employed by Agway, Desarmeau Vending, J&J Vending, and was the Highway Superintendent for the Town of Ephratah for many years. He was of the Methodist faith, a member of the Royal Mountain VFW Post 7097, one of the Founders of the Fulton County Highway Officials Association, an RGL Volunteer Fireman, a member of the Sprite Club, the Royal Mountain Moonlighters, the Ephratah Rod and Gun Club and the Bleecker Fish and Game Club.
Uncle Bill was loved and respected by all. He thoroughly enjoyed frequent socializing with his family and his many, many friends. He was always ready at any time of day or night for a good game of Pitch. He was a Founder of the very popular annual Leek Fest, where he often performed classic renditions of "Old Mountain Dew" interlaced with anecdotal stories and jokes as only he could tell them. Uncle Bill was an avid outdoor woodsman, hunter, and active investor in the Genesee Brewery.
Mr. Johnson is survived by two sons Don Johnson of Fairport and Alan Johnson of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, one daughter Vicki (Chris) Marshall of Bleecker, one son Todd Johnson of Gloversville, one brother James L. (Marlene) Johnson of Ephratah, one sister Karen Covert of Trumansburg, one sister-in-law Patricia Johnson, seven grandchildren: Kayla Johnson, Kelsie Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Briahna Marshall, Callihan Marshall, and Hunter Marshall, and his longtime companion and best friend Jeannette Alkinburgh, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and stepchildren.
Predeceased by Bill are one son Timothy James Johnson, wives, Joanna Kaye Willett and Ellie Powers, one sister Doris, one brother Richard, and companion Helen Daley.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.
Cremation was at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown. Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.