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Bruce W. "Hose" Johnson, age 78, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at his home, following an illness.
Bruce was born on September 8, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of the late William and Pauline Johnson. He has been a resident of Joplin since 1961. He served in the United States Air Force.
Bruce married Judy Beam June 20, 1988, and together they raised four children.
Bruce was a Firefighter/EMT for the city of Joplin for twenty years, retiring with the rank of Captain, he also was a Sergeant with the Jasper County Sheriff Department and worked at Cycle Connection and finally at Midwest Material. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 345 AF & AM and was a Shriner. He was also a member of the local Hog Chapter, Freedom of the Road Riders Local 11.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Kevin Johnson and wife, Diane, Graham, N.C., Kyle Johnson and wife, Melissa, Francisco, Ind., Kraig Johnson, Joplin; one daughter, Susie Apollonio and husband, Richard, Ft. Worth, Texas; two sisters, Margaret Johnson and partner, Marcia, University City, Mo., and Joyce May and husband, David, Joplin; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was proceeded in death by a son, Keith; a brother, Jim; and his step mother, Pearl Johnson.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mason-Woodard Mortuary. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to service time.
Contributions may be given to the Joplin Humane Society in care of the mortuary.
The family would like to thank the caring staff from Integrity Hospice and the staff at Freeman Dialysis.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on August 6, 2017
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