James Johnson

James "Rusty" Johnson

Sunday, March 4th, 1945 - Saturday, December 8th, 2018
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"Hard working, dependable, ornery, strong and selfless" are just a few of the words used to describe James "Rusty" Johnson, age 73, of Bellbrook, who passed away Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at his home.

He was born March 4th, 1945 to Dorothy (Ruveal) and Clifford Eugene Johnson, both of whom preceded him in death.

Rusty was employed as a truck driver for Bellbrook Transport for 33 years.

Rusty is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Linda (Cook), son Dr. Russell "Russ" (MaryAnne) of Bowling Green, daughter Tina Hartings of Bellbrook, 6 grandkids, Dr. Brien (Alli) and their sons, Jacob and Lucas; Bradley, Mackenzie, Jacqueline, Levi, and Charlie; one brother, Richard (Lin) of Lebanon.

Rusty loved his grandkids and his family. He loved to build things, from fireplaces and kitchen cabinets to water beds and wood splitters, and everything in between. He also enjoyed the simpler things in life like sunrises and sunsets, and spending time with his family.

To help the family celebrate his life, you are invited to Rusty's visitation on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Conner and Koch Life Celebration Home, 92 W. Franklin St. Bellbrook. Life celebration services will continue at 11:00 am on Friday, December 14th, 2018 with burial to follow at Bellbrook Cemetery.

You are welcome to send a condolence or flowers, and share a picture or story about Rusty at by clicking on his name.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, December 13th, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    92 W Franklin St
    Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Life Celebration Service

    Friday, December 14th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Friday, December 14th, 2018 11:00am
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    92 W Franklin St
    Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Friday, December 14th, 2018 | 12:00pm
    Friday, December 14th, 2018 12:00pm
    Bellbrook Cemetery
    3939 Upper Bellbrook Rd.
    BELLBROOK, OH 45305
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Chris and Bridget Roe and family

Posted at 06:42pm
Linda and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts!

Your Ability Family

Posted at 06:38pm
Send you thoughts of courage, hope, and perseverance through this difficult time.
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Bill and Janis Helminuak

Posted at 05:17pm
Our deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. You are in our prayers,
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Lorie Masters Urschel

Posted at 03:50pm
My condolences to the Johnson family on the death of Rusty. I will always remember him as having a great sense of humor.

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