|PAUL THOMAS “BUTCH” JOHNSON
ALMOND-Paul Thomas “Butch” Johnson, 79, passed away Tuesday evening (June 27, 2017) at his home on Karr Valley Road.
Born in Hornell on March 26, 1938, he was the youngest son of the late John and Helen (Kelleher) Johnson. He married his wife, Sandy, 27 years ago, and she resides in Almond.
Paul and his brothers, Roger and Gene, served the first Mass ever celebrated at St. Brendan’s Church in Almond. He and his family grew up in the house that is now St. Brendan’s Rectory.
A week after graduation from high school, Paul went to work as a fireman for the Erie Railroad on the Susquehanna Division. In 1959, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served 16 months in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to the United States and to working on the railroad; he also attended Alfred State College and Monroe Community College.
Pursuing a career in Law Enforcement, he served from 1963-1965 as a Village Police Officer in North Hornell and in November of 1965 he received an appointment as a Trooper for the New York State Police, serving nearly 24 years before retiring at the rank of an Investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI). From 1989 to 1994 he was a licensed private investigator and he also served as an Almond Town Justice for 10 years.
Paul was a member of the Arthur H. Cunningham American Legion Post No. 440 in Hornell for more than 50 years, and a member of the Hornell Elks Lodge No. 364 for nearly 50 years. He was also a member of the Almond Lions Club for over 30 years, a member of the Hornell Association, a member of the N.Y. State Troopers, Chapter Baron Steuben, and a member of the famous “Muhleisen’s Coffee Crew” for over 50 years.
He was the “Head Man” at the Hair Zoo in Hornell and loved to go on cruises with Sandy and sit on his deck drinking beer watching Mike Crandall mow the yard.
Besides his wife, Sandy, he is also survived by a daughter, Angela Yanni, and grandchildren, Morgan Tobin, Cole Yanni, Ali Yanni; son, Joseph (Nichole) Day, and grandchildren, Garrett and Alivia; son (deceased), John Day (Elysia), and grandchildren, Julia Day and Brittney Weakland; sisters, Pat Reichert and niece, Jennifer of Connecticut, Arlita Barnes and nieces, Michelle and Jackie of California; his brother, Gene Johnson (Rita) of Rochester; brothers-in-law, Mark Larnard (Donna) and David Larnard (Chris).
He was predeceased by his two brothers, Leo and Roger Johnson.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Paul Thomas “Butch” Johnson.
Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday (June 30, 2017) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to meet his family at St. Brendan’s Church in Almond, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 1, 2017) Committal prayers and interment, with full military honors, will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Almond. The New York State Police will provide an escort to the cemetery.
The United States flag and the Army flag will proudly fly at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in recognition of Paul’s military service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to Homecare and Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, N.Y. 14760-2135 (www.homeare-hospice.org). Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
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