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Ferris Benjamin Johnson, Sr., age 81, of Gowen, passed away late Tuesday morning, January 4, 2022 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  The son of Felix Benjamin & Nora Mae (Dobbe) Johnson, he was born on July 21, 1940 in Greenville.

After graduating from Greenville High School, Ferris enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served stateside during the Vietnam War era.  He attained the rank of Corporal and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Markman’s Badge.

On December 19, 1964, in Alma, Michigan, he married Mary Ann Pawluczyk and together they raised five children and enjoyed 57 years of marriage.  Ferris retired from the former Electrolux Home Products, where he worked in quality control, and was a member of U.A.W. Local 137.  He was a longtime member of Settlement Lutheran Church and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and camping with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  a sister, Darlene Taylor;  and two brothers, Robert Johnson, and Richard Johnson, Sr.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Johnson of Gowen;  their children, Theresa Dickinson of Mattawan, Lisa & Jon Smidt of Peyton, Colorado, Ferris B. & Jennifer Johnson, Jr. of Hubbardston, Tammy & Rick Roy of Greenville, and Denise Hoppe of West Valley City, Utah;  twelve grandchildren, Kaci & Travis Walker, Krista Dickinson, Amber & Orlando Montoya, Jonathan & Katelyn Smidt, Michael Johnson, Kaitlynn Johnson, McKayla Johnson, Marcus & Ashleigh Roy, Marissa & Michael O’Neill, Stephen & Dana Roy, Harrison Hoppe, and Jake Hoppe;  eight great-grandchildren with three more expected later this year;  a sister-in-law, Leona Johnson of Langston;  and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family is from 12-1 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Settlement Lutheran Church, 1031 Johnson Road, Gowen, where memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, with Pastor Betsy Kamphuis and Vicar Edward Ruble officiating.  Military honors, rendered jointly by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, will conclude the ceremonies and a luncheon will follow in the church hall.  Burial will take place in the spring at Little Denmark Cemetery, Gowen.

Instead of flowers, Ferris’ would have appreciated contributions in his memory to either Barrie’s House at Settlement Lutheran Church or to Spectrum Health Hospice.  Envelopes will be available at the church.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ferris’ online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Sara McCallum on January 6, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Ferris always had a kind word and took the time to pass it along. He was a faithful volunteer at Barrie’s House and we will miss his presence and friendship. Our hearts ache with you at his loss but celebrate the legacy he left behind. Nothing made him happier than family.

  2. Martin Wood on January 6, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Fond memories of our families doing things together growing up. Camping, fishing and the family visits to Deer Park Funland.
    Ferris was a great neighbor and will be missed by many.

  3. Randy Klepper on January 8, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Always enjoyed seeing Ferris, always had a smile to share. He will be remembered.

  4. Carrie Daenzer on January 10, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Tammy and family,

    Sincerest condolences as you celebrate the life your dad lived, the stories he told, and the love he experienced with his family and friends. Peace be with you as you grieve and remember him.

  5. David Biel on January 14, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    My condolences to the entire Johnson family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Peace.

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