J. M. Hamlin Johnson

J. M. Hamlin Johnson, 91, of 517 Center Street, St. Marys, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, at his residence.

He was born October 10, 1925, in Ridgway, son of the late Manferd and Esther Hallstrom Johnson. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Ridgway High School, Class of 1944.  Ham was also a graduate of Grove City College and he attended Penn State University.  He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1993, where he served as Vice President and Treasurer for the majority of his time there.

On September 11, 1948, in the First Presbyterian Church in Canonsburg, PA, Ham married Sally R. (Sara) Richardson, who preceded him in death on July 10, 2009.

He is survived by his sons and daughters, Robert H. (Helen) Johnson of DuBois, David L. Johnson of St. Marys, Shawn J. (Unnhee) Johnson, currently residing in South Korea, Stephanie (Rev. William) Cox of Waterford, PA, Betsy Johnson at home, Lara (Ellwyn) Reynolds of St. Marys, Christine Marie (Tom) Szymanski of Johnsonburg, Colleen (Terry) Melquist of Sheffield, Diane Murray of DuBois, Tammy (Jim) Tettis of St. Marys, Christine Lee (Steve) Galbraith of Big Run, Monica (Bob) Whitfield of Anita, Brenda (Paul) Glancy of Chicora, Eve (Kenneth) Dunn of Exeter, RI, Lynn Bennett of Butler, and Marta Marinella of Spain. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Muriel Holtin of Boulder, CO; a brother, Alan Johnson and his wife Marilys of Fayetteville, PA; and by a sister-in-law, Lois Johnson of Coudersport.

In addition to his wife and parents, Ham was preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Coates and Paula Elmquist; a granddaughter, Julie Melquist; two sisters, Gertrude Anderson and Shirley Douds; and by a brother, Robert Johnson.

Ham was a member of the Shiloh Evangelical Presbyterian Church for the past 40 years, where he served as an elder, a deacon, treasurer, and sang in the church choir. He was veteran of the US Army Air Corps, having served in World War II.  He was a former member of the Covenant Church in Ridgway.  He was a board member of the Hamlin Bank and Trust in Smethport for 51 years and he also served on the board of the Ridgway Hospital, the Elk County Society for Crippled Children, the Social Science Club in Ridgway, and the Elk County Concert Association.  When Ham relocated to St. Marys, he became a member of the board of Stackpole Hall Foundation, United Way, and the Elk County Community Foundation.  He was instrumental in the development of Elcam.  He was a member of the Elk County Concerts, the Singing Dutchmen, and many other service and community organizations.  Ham was passionate about serving his community.

Ham was an avid golfer and enjoyed driving his “kit cars” to golf. He enjoyed spending summers at his home in Chautauqua with his family, where he spent many hours boating, fishing, attending operas and concerts.  Ham shared his deep faith in God with his family and community until the day he was led home to be with his wife.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Shiloh Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 1:00 PM, with the Rev. Scott Wiest, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the Oakmont Cemetery in Ridgway.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Shiloh Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 217 Washington Street, St. Marys, PA 15857, or to a favorite charity.

Deborah and Gerald Keesler July 19, 2017 at 6:14 am

We are very sorry to hear of Mr. Johnson’s passing. We will surely miss him at the Hamlin Bank’s Christmas parties and his heavenly voice as he led all of us in singing of our annual Christmas carols. Prayers to his family……….

Tricia July 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

I am sorry for your loss. May Proverbs 17:17 prove true for you with loving family and friends to help make your grief more bearable.


Dennis Johnson July 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

Sue, I, and Sue’s mom, Pauline Marshall, want to express our sympathies to the family. We will not be able to make the visitation or the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with you. We fondly remember Ham, Sally, and family at the Covenant Church in Ridgway and then reconnecting in Sheffield.

May God comfort you in this time of grief and loss.
Dennis, Sue, and Pauline

Laurie Knapp July 19, 2017 at 11:12 pm

May the Lord comfort you and give you His peace at this difficult time. Ham was such a kind, gentle soul. He is greatly missed by his Hamlin Bank family.

Angie Walter July 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Lara, Ellwyn, Noah, Jazmine, Jade, Ben, and all of your family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your amazing dad and grandpa. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Angie, Dan and kids

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