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Ben E. Johnson, 81, passed away August 3, 2017, at his home in Carthage, Mo.
Ben was born November 12, 1935, in Carthage, to Elza Johnson and Mayetta "Judd" Johnson. He was a lifetime resident, graduated from Carthage High School class of 1953, and worked at Eagle Picher for 32 years. After his retirement, he was appointed county commissioner by Gov. Mel Carnahan and worked for O'Reilly Automotive.
During Ben's lifetime, he was very active in his community. He was a member of Rotary, Kiwanis and M.A.K.O. Fly Fishers Club. Ben was a CASA volunteer, a foster parent for 15 years, served on the Carthage City Council 5th Ward, Mayor Pro-Tem of the city of Carthage, liaison to the Powers Museum, the Carthage Public Works Board, and Civil War Museum Board. Ben was also instrumental in helping with Civil War re-enactments and area pow-wows.
Ben was united in marriage to Karen Couch on April 2, 1961, in Maple Grove. She survives.
Ben is also survived by three sons, Christopher Johnson and Matthew Johnson, of Carthage, and Roger Johnson, of Joplin; one daughter, Melissa Daugherty, of Carthage; one brother, Thomas Johnson, of Americus, Ga.; one sister, Alice Hertli, of New Harmony, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, Jayme, Wesley, Karrin, Courtney, Afton, Andrew, Kevin, Ashley, Travis, Lakota and Sierra; and several great-grandchildren. Ben is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard Johnson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 12, at Ulmer Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, August 11, at Ulmer Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to Kiwanis Kiddieland or Meals On Wheels, in care of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made at www.ulmerfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Published on August 9, 2017
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