Stuart W. Johnson

November 19, 1941February 17, 2021

Stuart W. Johnson, 79, long time Preston resident passed away Wednesday evening, February 17, 2021 at the Johnson farm with his family by his side. Stuart was born in Norwich on November 19, 1941, the son of Harold Sr and Alta May (Edgett) Johnson. He grew up in Preston and attended the Oxford schools from where he graduated. On August 26, 1961 in McDonough he married Deanna J (Wood) Johnson who predeceased him on November 1, 2020. Stuart made his home in Preston his entire life and operated the family dairy farm with Deanna for many years. Stuart was a dedicated farmer who was still baling hay on the farm prior to his death. Stuart loved to watch sports on television, particularly baseball. He was a die-hard Los Angeles Dodger’s fan and loved to watch Syracuse football and basketball games. He was a huge fan of classic country music listening to his favorites, Don Gibson, Merle Haggard, Del Reeves, Marty Stuart & Connie Smith. Stuart and Deanna raised their 4 daughters on the family farm and his family was everything to him. Stuart is survived by his daughters Nancy (Philip) Harders of Binghamton, Janice Johnson of Preston, Penni (Leonard) Mills of Norwich and Jenni (Dean) Bliven of Guilderland. Also surviving are his 2 grandchildren, Haili Mills(Joseph Straight) and Elizabeth Bliven, brother Harold Jr (Audrey), brother & sister-in-law Amos & Sandy Wood along with his canine girls, Molly & Holly. Several nephews, nieces and cousins also survive. Stuart had many wonderful neighbors who helped out during his illness including Doug & Peggy Dungey and Brenda Ivans. Stuart will be dearly missed by all of his “girls”. A graveside service for Stuart will be held at a later date and time to be announced from the Union Cemetery of McDonough where he will be reunited with the love of his life, Deanna. There will be no calling hours. Please consider memorial contributions to the Preston Pryde Park, c/o Jennifer Funk, Preston Town Clerk 1043 County Road 19 Norwich, NY 13815. Arrangements are with the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home.


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Cindy Osowski Gardiner

February 21, 2021

So sorry for your loss with love and hugs to you all!

Cherish the memories and the time that you did have together and hold them close to your heart.

Bob and Pat Osowski and Family

Colleen Downey

February 20, 2021

So many years of living across the road from Stuart, Deanna and the girls. So many years of helping fill silo at both places. Helping neighbors was just what happened in Preston. My heart hurts for the girls. Babysitting for the girls was also a memory I have.