ORANGE — Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Justin “Jut” Johnson, 96, of Johnson Road, who died Feb. 5 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.
Pastor Judy Jones of the Orange United Methodist Church officiated. Interment followed in South Cemetery, Orange. The bearers were Bruce Carr, James Carr, Dave Carr, Mark Johnson and Jake Vorce. Following the committal service, a luncheon was held in Fellowship Hall of the Orange United Methodist Church.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.
ORANGE — Justin “Jut” Johnson, 96, of Orange, passed away on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.
He was born in Montague on Sept. 28, 1919, where he lived before coming to Orange. His parents were Warren and Janie (Sowell) Johnson.
In his younger years he and his brother Russell helped their father run the Spring Valley dairy farm. They would go out and deliver milk from house to house. In later years, he and his father ran a chicken plant in Orange which was owned by a Springfield poultry dealer. When that closed, they decided to start a vegetable growing business. A roadside stand was built and Justin continued with it after his father’s passing. Everyone looked forward to his pumpkins and squash every fall.
Justin loved hunting and fishing, as well as watching the Red Sox. He went on several bus trips to ballgames and was able to see players like Ted Williams, Dom Dimaggio and Johnny Pesky.
The love of his life was his cat, “Bibbie,” who visited him in the nursing home.
He leaves his sister, Nancy Carr; nieces, Linda Petruski, Carol Robichaud, Debra Carlson and Gail Vorce; and nephews, Russell Johnson Jr., James Carr Jr., David Carr, and Bruce Carr and their families.
Besides his parents, Jut was predeceased by a brother, Russell Johnson Sr., on April 29, 2001.
A calling hour will be held on Feb. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
Funeral services will be held on Feb. 10, at 11 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange, with lay minister Judy Jones of the Orange United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will follow in South Cemetery, Orange.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the North Quabbin Animal Control, c/o Athol Police, 280 Exchange St., Athol, MA 01331.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.