SCHUYLER — Wayne H. Johnson, Sr., 59, of Johnson Road, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica.
Wayne was born on June 27, 1954, in Ilion; he was the son of the late Herbert and Beulah (Treen) Johnson. He was a graduate of Frankfort-Schuyler schools and attended Morrisville Agriculture and Technology. On May 6, 1978, he married the former Joanne Ernst in Schuyler.
Wayne loved being a farmer and was active in the American Guernsey Breeders, Dairy Farmers of America and the Farm Bureau. He enjoyed showing and competition, a trait he passed on to his children and grandchildren, having competed at the Herkimer County Fair for 51 years. Wayne also loved making maple syrup with his brother, Al. He was active in the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Departmed and loved hunting and bowling, having bowled two 300 games last year. In his younger years, he played softball.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Joanne; two sons, Alexis and his wife, Rachael, of Rushville, and Wayne, Jr., and his fiancee, Laura Harding, of Frankfort; a daughter, Megan and her fiance, Michael Faubert, of Frankfort; a brother, Alan and his wife, Lisa, of Frankfort; a sister, Donna and her husband, Mark Crews, of Little Falls; his mother-in-law, Barbara Ernst; brother-in-law, Michael Ernst, of Niskayuna; his grandchildren, Gabriel, Colton, Ella and Jocelyn Johnson, Gavin Case and Vincent Faubert; nieces and nephews, Chris and Gregg Ernst, Tony and Jodie Crews and their children, Brianna, Maverick, Levi and Kelly, Alicia and Bill Pocyntyluk and Allison Johnson; and his cousins, Marie and Charlie Grose and their children, Lauren Johnson and family, and David Johnson and family. He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Walter Ernst; sister-in-law, Mary Ernst; and his uncle, Locklin Johnson.
Wayne’s family would like to give a special thank you to our Schuyler extended families; you were all near and dear to his heart. We want to especially thank Cathie and Kevin Ricci, Jim and Sue Ludwig, Bob and Robin Simmons, Bill and Joe Salamone, Steve Tripple, Harry Robbins, Tom Gear, Marie and Charlie and many others who have been so very helpful. We would not have been able to get through these last few days without your help on the farm.
Also, a special thank you to the Schuyler Fire Department, John Scholl and the ambulance crew. Also, Cathy Knapp and the rest of the staff at St. Elizabeth’s ER for their kindness, support and compassion.
Funeral services for Wayne will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Chaplain Ethan Geary officiating. Interment will follow in East Schuyler Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to either Schuyler Ambulance or the Herkimer County Humane Society; envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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