REED CITY — Joseph Warren “Sparky” Johnson, 78, of Reed City, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in his home surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. He was born Aug. 17, 1933, to Robert and Nellie Johnson as one of 11 children. Those who knew Joe knew him as a kind, caring, helpful and fun loving man with a wonderful sense of humor. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and traveling, and he had a talent and passion for music.

He is survived by his sister, Faye Welborn; daughters Debra, Eva, Laura, Cher and Carol; sons Michael and Bill; 14 granddaughters; 12 grandsons; and 59 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lee (Crouch) Johnson, to whom he was married on Oct. 27, 2011; brothers Glen, Harvey, Melvin, Whitey, Ray and Bobby; and sisters Nina, Evelyn and Elsie.

No funeral services will be held per Joe’s request. Any memorial contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of Michigan. Joe was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed yet he will carry on in our memories and stories and will never truly be gone. We love you dad and grandpa! “There goes Sparky!”