Thomas Russell Johnson, 66, died at 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. He was the third child of Phyllis Mae (Robbins) Johnson of Adams Township, Cass County, and Russell Eugene Johnson of Walker Township, Rush County. Born Feb. 23, 1952, Tom spent his entire 66 years on this Earth enjoying friends, family and work in and around Twelve Mile.
He is survived by his two older brothers, Robert Wayne (with Gale Alice Davidson), Carmel, and Richard William (with Roberta “Bobbie” Joy Krintz), Peru; three nephews, Benjamin Thomas Johnson (with Lindsey Fisher) Fort Wayne, Christian Robert Johnson, Peru, and Michael Patrick Johnson, Peru; and two great-nephews, Henry and Simon, Fort Wayne.
Tom’s final illness was a fast-acting cancer that overwhelmed his body’s ability to fight. Friends and family should consider a donation to one of the cancer research organizations in lieu of flowers.
TJ’s life was dedicated to the agriculture lifestyle. From his earliest sandbox play to his work shortly before his passing, his world was focused on the farm, the process of farming and discussions surrounding farm science. Scarred and calloused hands told most of his story; a quiet chuckle over evening coffee filled out the rest.
His friends were mostly drawn from the folks who were connected to agrarian endeavors, and he enjoyed each and every one. However, there were a few who were from other life areas ... he enjoyed taking their money at poker and euchre.
Mention Tom in your prayers. Smile as you recall your best memories of your time with him. Promise that you will cherish your time with your family.
The funeral will be a private family service at Skinner Chapel Cemetery, Cass County.
Tom’s friends and family are invited to a celebration of life at the Twelve Mile Community Building from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Bring your best memories of your time with Brother Tom.
McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at