Joseph Austin Johnson Jr., 80

October 17, 2009

FEB. 2, 1929-OCT. 15, 2009

Joseph Austin Johnson Jr., 80, of Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Feb. 2, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of the late Margaret Lum Johnson.

He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1947.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was employed by Pangborn Corp. for 45 years, as a senior order analyst.

He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church since 1941, the chancel choir for 63 years, the church council, the Crossroads Sunday School Class, and he and his wife were the communion stewards of the church for 30 years. He was also a previous coach for Otterbein's softball team.

He was a former member of the Men's Pangborn Bowling League and he was an avid Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles fan.


He was totally devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with them at dinners, picnics and special events in their lives.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Catherine E. Johnson, whom he married in 1955; daughters, Jo Ellen Wisherd and husband, Larry, of Hagerstown and Trina Johnson of Hagerstown; and son, Joseph (Jay) Johnson and wife, Joyce, of Frederick, Md.; grandchildren, Nathan Wisherd, Jamy and Zachary Johnson, Doug and Jennifer Fair; and two great-grandchildren, Luke and Ben Fair.

Services will be held at Otterbein United Methodist Church on Monday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Robison will officiate. Burial will be in Beautiful View Cemetery in State Line, Md.

Family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Online condolences are accepted at

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