ROYALSTON- Jon Johnson, 66, of Jarvenpaa Road, died early Wednesday morning, May 19, 2021 at home following an illness, surrounded by loved ones.
Born in Gardner on September 15, 1954, he was the son of the late Andrew C. and Jeanne M. (Oliver) Johnson and graduated from Narragansett Regional School in Templeton with the Class of 1973.
On October 20, 1973, Jon married Louise M. (Keirn) and enjoyed 34 years together until her death on November 11, 2007.
Jon had been the farm manager at the Templeton Developmental Center for many years, retiring in 2012.
Jon was a huge car buff and loved his ’02 Camaro, ’77 Vette and a Gremlin. He also had a Harley Davidson motorcycle, two snowmobiles and two four wheelers.
Jon also enjoyed buying and selling at flea markets, especially vintage Tonka toys. His cats were his pride and joy, as was caring for his yard.
A movie buff, Jon enjoyed Oscar parties with his family every year.
Jon was a free spirit and loved traveling, whether country back roads or tourist spots, including a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Grais.
Jon is survived by his son, Jacob “Jake” Johnson and his wife, Jessica, of Topsfield; a grandson, Cody Johnson, of Topsfield; his girlfriend, Deb Kierstead of Orange; and numerous cousins.
A calling hour will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 10-11 a.m. at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange.
A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Megan Leary of the Orange Central Congregational Church officiating.
Interment will be in the North New Salem Cemetery, New Salem.
Donations in Jon’s memory are suggested to the Town of Athol, memo- NQ Animal Shelter, 280 Exchange Street, Athol, MA 01331.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.
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