Obituary of Merle H. Johnson
Merle Harold Johnson, age 100, was born December 7, 1918 to Otto C. Johnson and Susie D. Lewellen in Lowry City, Missouri. At an early age they moved to the Good Hope community.
Merle had four brothers, Charles, Leo, Arlie and Rollen; and a sister, Beulah. All preceded him in death. He accepted Christ at an early age, and spent his entire life devoted to his church and family.
In 1937, Merle married June Crites. They were the parents of Ruth Johnson, Dixie Escalante, David Johnson, (deceased) and Ronald Johnson.
In 1947 Merle married Henrietta Newton, and they were the parents of Etta Heizman.
On November 13, 2002 Merle married Roselee Huggins. With this union he gained three step-daughters, Tamara Allen, Denise Huggins and Dianna Huggins (deceased).
Merle was very proud of his time spent in the United States Army during World War II. He was a welder for the Army, and a rifle expert in the Southern Philippines. He earned the "Good Conduct" medal and the "Philippine Liberation Ribbon with One Bronze Star". He became very good friends with a Filipino family and often told stories about time spent with them.
Merle retired from the Peabody Coal Company near Garland, MO, where he was a welder. He farmed his own property with family and friends. He loved getting on his dozer, building duck lakes, and improving his land. At one time he owned over one thousand acres of land.
He was always proud of his garden, and took great pleasure in sharing his tomato crop. Later in life Merle went on mission trips to assist in building wells in El Salvador and Haiti.
Merle was blessed with several grandchildren: Susan Kaiser, Douglas Burke, Debra Young, Ricky Young, Robbie Young, Miquel Escalante (deceased), Marcos Escalante, Steven Heizman, Matthew Heizman, David Johnson, Emmett Johnson and Arnold Johnson; step-grandchildren, Jamie Breden, Jacob Phillips, Adam Foster, Michele Griffitt, Fred Griffit and Jesse Griffit; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren that he was so very proud of.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Northeast Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., just prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Englewood Cemetery. Military services at the cemetery under the direction of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 1894, Clinton. Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Merle H. Johnson Scholarship fund at the Northeast Baptist Church, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.