Thomas A. Johnson Sr., 74, residing in Sandusky, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Providence Care Center after a lengthy illness.
Thomas was born Dec. 27, 1938, in Sandusky, son of the late Franklin and Marjorie (Neer) Johnson. Thomas was a graduate of Sandusky High School in 1956. He was employed with Sohio and also owner of Tom's Auto Service, where he was a well known, honest mechanic for more than 50 years.
Thomas was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sandusky Lodge of Elks No. 285 and the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling, jigsaw puzzles, automobile racing, his 1965 Corvette, playing cards, outdoor activities and guitar. He also enjoyed watching sports, especially watching his grandchildren play. He liked summer activities with his family and spending as much time as he could with friends and family.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen (Eckler) Johnson, whom he married Nov. 16, 1957. He is also survived by his daughters, Debbie (Tom) McGory, of Castalia, and Sherry (Doug) Priestas, of Sandusky; sons, Thomas (Stephanie) Johnson Jr., of Berlin Heights, and David (Amber) Johnson, of Sandusky; 11 grandchildren, Melissa, Heather, Betsy, Tommy, Douglas, Adam, Paul, Tyler, Corey, David Jr. and Jordan; six great-grandchildren, Kaden, Gavin, Garrett, Anna, Caleb and Hunter; sister, Diane Kieffer, of Norwalk; brother, Ronnie (Mary Lou) Johnson, of Sandusky; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his brother, Franklin Johnson Jr., and great-grandson, Thomas James Christman.
Friends may call 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where a prayer service will at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky.
Those wishing to contribute to Thomas's memory may do so to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or Sandusky Central Catholic School, 410 W. Jefferson St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.