James R. “Jim” Johnson



James R. “Jim” Johnson, 57, of Seymour went to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, with his family by his side.

Born Oct. 12, 1959, in Seymour, he was the son of James “Earl” Johnson and Wilma Neawedde Johnson, both of whom preceded him in death. On Oct. 9, 1982, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Waymansville, he married his high school sweetheart, best friend and true love, Carol Acton, who survives.

Jim graduated from Immanuel Lutheran School in 1974 and was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He graduated from Seymour High School with the Class of 1978 and was employed in industrial maintenance for 37 years with various companies, including Harley Bag, Union Camp, Kobelco, Uniplast, Home Products International and Immanuel Lutheran School.

To many in the industry, he was known as MacGyver as he could analyze the situation, fix and make any machine run.

Jim enjoyed the outdoors, from growing Christmas trees to working in the yard, fishing, cooking, and hosting his crab boils and tenderloin cookouts for friends. He found a great interest in refurbishing and flipping houses and was a true jack of all trades. He enjoyed lending a helping hand to his neighbors and friends.

He was a loving and devoted son, husband, father and friend, and his greatest joy was being with his daughter and watching her mature to a beautiful young woman.

Other survivors include his daughter, Sara E. Johnson; aunts, Ruth Holley, Bettie Wright and Kathryn Robbins; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Allen (Bev) Acton, Bill (Debbie) Acton, Bea (Jack) Hercamp and Brian (fiancee Shelly) Acton; several nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Betty Acton.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Stuckwisch officiating. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Voss Chapel and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Amanda Stahl Scholarship Fund, Zion Lutheran Church or Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center.

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