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Marvin L. Johnson

Marvin L. Johnson, age 83, of Mt. Ephraim, Ohio, died Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Altercare Summit Acres. He was born April 29, 1937, in Summerfield, son of the late Israel Cranfiel “I.C.” and Clarice Johnson. Marvin was a 1955 graduate of Summerfield High School. For over 60 years, he owned and operated a family farm in Mt. Ephraim. He served as the Noble County Treasurer in the 1960s and 70s, and he retired as a timekeeper from the Ohio Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Mt. Ephraim United Methodist Church. Marvin was a devoted member of the Republican party and he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Farming was Marvin’s life. He was a hard working and good man who was devoted to his family.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Katheryn Louise Shackle Johnson, whom he married December 5, 1959, and who died October 20, 2015; and one great-granddaughter, Norah Johnson.

Surviving are his children, Stephen L. (Ruth) Johnson of Mt. Ephraim, Brian L. (Kate) Johnson of Summerfield, Lisa L. Woodford of Mt. Ephraim (fiancé, Fred Kruse of Grove City), and Darci L. (Shawn) Wagner of Powell; 11 grandchildren, Stephen M. (Julie) Johnson, Timothy M. (Bri) Johnson, Matthew D. Johnson (fiancé, Emily Campbell), Josh (Jenny) Stiers, Jessica (Kevin) Rose, Suzanne (Chris) Clark, Kassandra (Brian) Shafer, Seth A. (Bethany) Woodford, Lauren Wagner, Brooke Wagner, and Colton Wagner; 16 great-grandchildren, Gage Johnson, Grace Johnson, Oliver Johnson, Ryan Stiers, Sara Stiers, Jenna Rose, Tyler Rose, Waylon Clark, Wyatt Clark, Cole Shafer, Cody Shafer, Ranesmae Campbell, Andrew Campbell, Jaxxon Campbell, Titus Johnson, and Levi Woodford; and one brother, J. Darl Johnson of Tennessee.

A private graveside service will be observed by the family at Eastern Cemetery in Summerfield with Pastor Jim Porter officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Noble County Cattlemen’s Association, c/o Rick Van Fleet, 21989 Woodsfield Rd., Sarahsville, Ohio 43779. McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, is caring for the family. An online guestbook may be signed at


  1. Lana varhola on March 26, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    You were a good man and loving husband,father.,and grandfather. May you rest in peace in the loving arms of our lord and savior. So sorry I never got the lawn chair I owed you !

  2. Elaine Triplett on March 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    I remember Marvin and Kathryn very well. When my sister Carol Triplett and Shirley Bates wanted a ride to the basketball games Marvin would offer them a ride. I wanted to go too but I was a bit too young. However, we all road the same bus and we were all friends. The last time I saw Kathryn was when my Dad, Frank Triplett, was in Cambridge at the hospital. We chatted for a long time and laughed about old times. Marvin was a great man and our racing up and down Glady Valley Road was wonderful. Elaine Triplett – 14 Jennison Dr., Kennebunkport, Me 04046.

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