May 1, 1940 – August 13, 2019
Louis “Louie” E. Johnson, 79, of Otego, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown with his family by his side.
He was born on May 1, 1940 in Franklin, the son of Elmer and Helen (Palmer) Johnson.
Louie attended Franklin and Delhi Schools. At a young age, he worked on local farms and in 1963 he purchased his own farm in East Meredith on the West Kortright Church road. He sold his farm in 1987 and continued to haul cattle until he became ill in 2015.
Known for his jovial personality, Louie always had a joke or story ready to tell.
He loved his Draft horses, “Jack and Jim”, and got a great deal of enjoyment out of them on plow days, wagon trains, weddings, and log skids. After breaking his leg and while fighting cancer, he still liked to go to the sale barns and the diner.
Louie was a member and past president of the East Meredith Fire Department, as well as past president of the Delaware Co. Draft Horse Club.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda Westcott Archibald Johnson; his daughter Jodie (Ed) Heins of Shelton, Conn; his son, Rodney (Rhonda) Johnson of Worcester; sisters, Wanda Aikens and Ruth (Lynn) Kinch of Delhi; half brother, Earl (Shirley) Johnson of California; brothers in law, Dick Johnson of Sherburne, Mike (Tammy) Barnes of Rockdale, Dave (Leslie) Barnes of Masonville; sister in law, Pat Barnes of New Berlin; stepsons, Scott (Cindy) Archibald of Laurens, Jamie (Amanda) Archibald of Franklin; stepdaughter, Kim Archibald (Bart) of Otego; grandchildren, Samantha Heins of Marina Del Ray, California, Scott Heins of Shelton, Conn, Rebbecca Johnson of Laurens, Calynne Johnson of Franklin, Alysia Johnson (Brian) of Franklin, Ryan Archibald of Lafayette, Nate Archibald of Laurens, Damion Archibald of Otego, Sarah Randall and Paige Clark of Otego; Julie and Caleb Archibald of Franklin; 5 great grandchildren, Peyton, Temperance, Camden, Grayson, and Addison; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Maggie; brothers, Larry and Bob; nephew, Elmer; and brother in law, Bill Aikens.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2019 in Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin, at 11 am, with a celebration of life following at the East Meredith Fire Department.
The family would like to extend special thanks to all at the Fox Care Cancer Center: Patty Jacobs, Dr. Knight and all of the girls, “You all made his time with you more enjoyable,” and also Dr. Richman at Bassett.
To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.grummonsfuneralhome.com
Donations in Louie’s memory are asked to be made to the East Meredith Fire Department, 6192 County Highway 10, East Meredith, NY 13757.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta.
- Graveside Service Saturday, August 31, 2019
September 1, 2019
To Linda and Family,
Rich and I were so sorry to hear of Louies passing. We know he is at peace now and watching all the animals for us.
Rich and his Dad saw him at the cattle auctions and always enjoyed speaking with him. We ran into him at the Dinner occasionally. Recently unfortunately we would see him and with you at Dr. offices either for Rich or I.
We were unable to attend the services yesterday as I have been recovering from a recent surgery.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Always remember all the good times as they will never leave us.
Chris & Rich Jones
August 24, 2019
I bought my horse from Louie when we had a diner in Davenport Center. It was in Feb so kept the horse in Todd Riders barn. Would see Louie in that barn everyday when I was cleaning the stall while he was tending to heffers . We had such fun teasing each other ... sleigh rides with Keith Rider racing to the clearing ...connecting the dots in the diner.....Such a great guy....will be so missed by everyone.
August 22, 2019
I spent a lot of time with Louie in my teen years, working for him on his farm, picking rock, haying. Wasnt like work as he made it fun. Louie rest in peace.