Dean A. Johnson

Born: Wed., Mar. 5, 1958
Died: Thu., Apr. 30, 2020


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Dean Andrew Johnson, 62, of Warren, PA died Thursday, April 30 at Kinzua Healthcare after a lengthy illness. He was born on March 5th 1958 in Warren, PA. He was the son of Donald R. Johnson and the late Jacqueline L Kibbey Johnson. Dean was a 1976 graduate of Warren Area High School where he played football and was on the wrestling team. He received an Associate’s degree from Alfred State University and then went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech where he attended on a wrestling scholarship and met his future wife Melinda Johnston through the VA Tech Dairy Club and love of the Holstein cow. Throughout his collegiate sports career he was named an All American in Wrestling. Following graduation, he and Melinda were married in September of 1981 in her hometown of Madison, Virginia before returning together to his home farm on Frantz Road in Warren County. Together he and Melinda founded Hem-View Holsteins an internationally known dairy cattle breeding and farming business. Which in 2013 became a Pennsylvania Century Farm, honoring over 100 years of being a working farm in the same family. Dean served at the state level of Pennsylvania Holstein from 1986 to 2004 serving in capacities from Treasurer to President. He and Melinda started and chaired the first PA Junior Holstein Association Convention in 1989, making Pennsylvania one of the first states to offer this agricultural youth focused event. The couple, both renowned dairy judges themselves, coached the Warren County Youth Dairy Judging Teams. For 37 years Dean was the Farm Director and Treasurer of the Warren County Conservation District helping to promote sustainable agricultural processes. In 2016 he joined Warren Electric Co-Op as a Director. Dean served as a substitute teacher in the Warren County School District entertaining years of kids with bringing live chickens and calves into the biology classroom or his signature “word of the day”. He was a head football and wrestling coach at Sheffield, Beaty and Warren Area High Schools. He and his brother, Dennis Johnson and cousins Dan and Brad Johnson ran the famous Johnsons’ Wrestling Camp each summer for over 10 years in the 80s and 90s. In 2010 Dean was inducted into the Warren County Sports Hall of Fame. A lifetime fixture at the Warren County Fair attending every one since its move to Pittsfield always as a dairy exhibitor, as a 4-H leader and mentor, later in the draft horse arena and then to the delight of the county for 10 years in the Costume Class of the Silver Cup Horse Show with his loyal Belgian steed, Barney. As an active member of the Warren County Holstein Club in weeks following the Fair he ran the Club Sale at the Fairgrounds. Dean was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he was Lay Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and occasionally acted as substitute pastor. Dean is survived by his wife of 38 years, Melinda Johnson of Warren and sons Harrison Taylor Johnson of Madrid, Spain, Marshall David Johnson of London, UK and Colter Dean Johnson and his wife Paige Ryder Johnson of Warren. He is also survived by his brother Dennis Johnson and his wife Melissa Conn Johnson of Warren, his sister Diedra Harkenrider and her husband Tom Harkenrider of Ithaca, NY and his father Donald R Johnson of Warren, PA. He was preceded in death by his mother Jacqueline L Kibbey Johnson and infant brother David Albert Johnson. Dean will always be remembered for his infectious laugh, ability to tell a great story and has been a mentor, teacher and friend to all. Calling hours will be held as a drive-through celebration of his life at Hem-View Farms on Frantz Road Warren, PA 16365 from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday May 9th. In lieu of flowers for those wishing to make a donation in Dean’s memory, please consider Warren County 4-H, Warren County Conversation District, Warren Athletics Fund and Grace United Methodist HOPES Fund.

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Timothy Salapek
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
A Classmate, A Wrestling and Football Teammate, and Friend! You will be missed by all that you touched! Godspeed my Friend!

Mark And Patty Fredericks
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Rest in Peace, My Brother. Prayers to you and your wonderful Family.

Joyce Nelson, Phoenix, AZ
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Dear Melinda, Hope you remember me - Love and prayers to you at this sad time. He was so young, Hope he finds my Gail in heaven, lots of memories at Grace Church. He will be sadly missed. Joyce Dalrymple Nelson

Dan Albaugh
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
I knew Dean through wrestling. He was a good guy with a good heart who was well respected within the wrestling community. His contributions to the sport will be missed.

Ruth Dennis
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Melinda, our sincere condolences to you and your family. In Christ's love, Ruth Dennis and Jakob Rodoski

Leslie Baldensperger
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
It is with a heavy heart we witness the passing of Dean. We will miss his infectious laugh and wonderful stories. God bless you and your family at this sad time.

Jean Hollabaugh
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Melinda & family, You all are in our thoughts and prayers. What a big loss this community. We know where he is and there is no more pain. God Bless you all. Bob & Jean

Denny Bonavita
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
I last saw Dean at John Bonavita's funeral last year. He, Tom Nowacki and I chuckled over memories, ranging from my writing about him as a high school wrestler to his memorable coaching of me at a Warren County Fair cow-miking contest to his showing up with a tractor AFTER I had dragged a deer all the way up to Frantz Road from Hemlock Hollow. Dean was always a joy to talk to. He had a knack for brightening lives. We weren't close friends, but he was the kind of guy who made my life better just by being him. My sincere condolences to Melinda, his family and friends.

Denny & Jodi Arthur
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time...Rest In Peace.

John L Johnson, MD
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
My deepest condolences.

Dean was a great wrestler and a wonderful guy. I'll miss seeing him at the Fair.


Bill Dodd
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Our families were both in the ag business in 1976. I went to Corry HS, but we lived in Warren County. I can still remember how it felt to run to him and shake hands in the center of the Warren football field after our last game against each other. It stood out to me over the years as proof that rivals could be friends. When we were young, my brothers and I couldn't keep the Johnson boys straight and we referred to Dean as the blonde one. My deepest condolences.

Susan Reinke
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
My prayers are with you and your boys Melinda.

Jeffrey York
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Kim and my prayers are with your family during this time of loss.

Justin Morgan
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
I just happen to meet Dean when searching for hay. It was such a brief encounter, but I couldn’t help but notice how genuine and kind hearted he was.

It’s amazing to read of all of his accomplishments and contributions in so many things. I’m so glad he lived such a rich life...he is a quiet I apurarían to me.

My heart goes out to you, I pray that you are comforted by a tremendous love.

Justin Morgan
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
*Inspiration

Janet Stiles Fulton
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Melinda and family,
This is Tracy Stiles wife, Janet. I wanted to send my deepest sympathies to all of you. I wish I had been a part of the great VA Tech dairy science family, but I remember fondly the times I did get to visit. Mindy, you and Dean were just so cute! Both energetic, smiling, warm and terrific...a great couple! And I know Tracy loved you both!
May you find the strength to cherish the many super memories you have and know how blessed you were to have spent those years together...even though they were too short.
My prayers and love to you all... Janet Stiles Fulton

Janet Stiles Fulton
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Melinda and family,
This is Tracy Stiles wife, Janet. I wanted to send my deepest sympathies to all of you. I wish I had been a part of the great VA Tech dairy science family, but I remember fondly the times I did get to visit. Mindy, you and Dean were just so cute! Both energetic, smiling, warm and terrific...a great couple! And I know Tracy loved you both!
May you find the strength to cherish the many super memories you have and know how blessed you were to have spent those years together...even though they were too short.
My prayers and love to you all... Janet Stiles Fulton

The Fehlman Family
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Dean meant so much to our family. He coached our son D.J. and taught him so much more than how to
be successful in wrestling. Dean set an example of how to win and lose in life. He demonstrated how to treat people along life's journey. He was the most genuine, sincere person we knew. We know Heaven gained an angel, but we sure miss him down here.

Debbie Weigel
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. It was always a pleasure to see Dean in the halls of WAHS. He could brighten anyone's day with his positive attitude.

Jeff Sedon
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
I served with Dean on the Warren Electric Board. I am saddened by the news of his passing. He will be missed (especially his jokes).

Jeff & Kathy Sedon

Gary Baldensperger
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Dear Melinda,

I want to extend my deepest sympathy for your lost. Unless a person has experienced such a lost, no one can imagine the impact of losing a love one not matter when or how until it happens. Please know that we have you and your entire family in or thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Once again, please accept our condolences on your lost.

Gary Baldensperger

Mark Bachman
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Melinda, My heart is heavy over Dean's passing. You all have always been a joy to know, work with, or just be around. I always thought of him being quite indestructible. He will be greatly missed.
As I deliver milk to Scandia Market, I think of you all as I go by the end of your road. Prayers continuing for all of you.

Terry Hallock
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Barb and I send deepest condolences.We only knew Dean though our irregular attendance at Church.We didn't know him well.Regardless,he always had time to exchange greetings and talk.His positive personality matched all his wonderful involvement with family,Church
& community.God Bless.

Julie Buvoltz Long
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
Dear Melinda. I’m so sorry for your loss. You had a very special person for your husband. He was loved and respected by so many. He always went out of his way to help me keep my donkeys fed. And he always laughed about my pet cow and how huge she was. Please if there’s anything I can do for you, just ask. Your in my thoughts and heart. ❤️

David L. Anthony
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
I never knew anyone who didn't like Dean. We spent many summers hunting woodchucks in the hay fields, deer in winter and laughing each and every time we met. Watching Dean shoot a turkey from the the bedroom window with that 30-40 Krag. We bought him a throwing knife for his birthday that he tossed at the barn door at least at 1000 times. Heading to the 4 O Clock club then to Mickey Rats or the Frewsbrug Hotel for a Saturday night good time. Flipping the cover on the carburetor of the Suburban to make it "sound Hot"

Although I am guilty of not spending near enough time with Dean, he has never left my memory. He always had a joke. My favorite! A group of regulars sitting in a bar and yelling out numbers, then all would laugh, a newbie asked what was going on? He was told that instead of saying the entire joke they just numbered them. The Newbie figured he'd join in and yelled out 43!!!!!!! no one laughed. He asked the regular what was wrong? Well young man, some people just can't tell a good joke!!!!!!!!!!

Dean would then give his roarish laugh that we all loved and will miss. Damn it Dean, God took on a good person when he called you home.

I played guitar for his parents on Sunday afternoon, typical Dean, "well he sounds better when your drunk" His Uncle offer to give me a dollar if I could "Red River Valley".

I won't forget you Dean, never have, never will. I regret not keeping in touch. When we meet up again, no doubt the Suburban will be ready to roll and your chores will be done. The farm always came before fun. Time to head to the north and rekindle that friendship.

God bless your family

David and Deborah Anthony

Mike Donaldson
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Dean was a great example of being not just the best in the world but being the best for the world. His charisma blended with his genuine love for people allowed him to touch thousands of people across all walks of life; from agriculture and the Holstein world to athletics to the Warren County community he loved so much. A great example to everyone of how to live a truly wonderful life.

Dale McNett
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
To the family of Dean

My sincerest condolences to you all at this difficult time.

Doc McNett

Cynthia
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Dear Melinda and family,
So,so sorry for your loss.3 He was such a good guy and touched
so many lives in a positive manner. You will miss him
Very much but I know you will have many wonderful memories. Hold them in your heart. God bless.

Linda (Walter) Sedon
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
I remember growing up with Dean and what a wonderful guy he was.
Thinking of you and sending my deepest sympathy.

Ken (Mike) and Jody Loomis
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Melinda so sorry to see that Dean passed away. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. May God give you comfort at this time. Prayers Ken and Jody

Lois Paden
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Grew up with Dean and had fun playing football when were kid's and riding horses. Such a great guy. Prayers for you and your family. Will miss waiving at him on Frantz Rd.

Lois Paden


David Ward
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Melinda and Family,

I was so sad to hear this news today. Dean is one of those very few people that left an ever lasting memory in my life. He was a mentor to me in high school and when I saw him on my returns home at the Zigler's home I would think what a lucky man to have Melinda and his children. You were obviously his delight. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cherish his life.

David Ward

Janice (Gustafson) Kunz
   Posted Mon May 04, 2020
Melinda and Family,

May the God of all comfort wrap His loving arms around you and your family during this time. I was so saddened to hear of Dean's passing. He and I graduated in the same WAHS School Class of 1976. I will always remember him as a very kind, likable and smart man. We were in quite a few of the same classes in high school. Dean was such a blessing to many others as can be clearly seen in this beautiful obituary.

Our prayers are with you all:)

Janice (Gustafson) Kunz


Lindsay Bevevino
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
Johnson family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Dean was a wonderful man. My thoughts are with you all!

Lindsay Bevevino and Family

Tom gazdak
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
Dean and I were classmates from Beaty all the way thru high school , he was a great person , always went out of his way to say hello , I will miss seeing him at the fair . Gods speed my friend you will be missed ,god bless your family

Susan Pincus
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
Melinda
I was sad to hear of the loss of your husband. Stay strong and safe.
Sincerely
Susan Pincus

Allen McClure
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Dear Melinda and Family, I just want to let you know how much respect I have for Dean and you. You were always two people I looked up to and so enjoyed being around. I actually was sharing a story with someone last week, telling what my view was, which actually came from something Dean had shared with me at Harrisburg years ago. I started to say you have had more positive impact on people than you will ever know, but one day we will know. Please share my love with your family.
Sincerely , Allen McClure

Renee Bates
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Melinda,
Just wanted to let you know what a great couple you were in PA Holstein circles. Loved Dean's stories and his laugh. We missed you both when you left the business. Want you and your family to know we are sending our love and sympathy to you. Jim traveled to many meetings with Dean and he always had funny stories to tell after every trip.
May God bless you and you hold all these memories in your heart. Dean was a great guy but you already know that.
Blessings to all

Patrick and Anne Farrell and family
   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
Dear Melinda and family,
Our hearts are broken for all of you and our prayers are to ease the pain of your tremendous loss. What a wonderful man, father, husband and friend to many. He will be missed. Love Pat,Anne and the boys.

Christopher Swanson
   Posted Sat May 09, 2020
No matter what kind of day you had Dean always knew how to cheer you up. Rest easy Dean.

Carolyn Yurick
   Posted Sat May 09, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family. I so enjoyed lunching with Dean when he was at Beaty. I recall the story of how he met Melinda at college and knew when he saw her he had to get a date with her. What a blessing to have such love. I was also lucky enough to teach all three boys science and be their envirothon advisor. My heart goes out to your family at such a difficult time.

Hava A Thomas
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
Melissa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May be at peace that he is no longer in pain and suffering. I pray that God gives you strength while you are going through this rough time.

Sincerely,
Your former classmate
Hava A (Lambert) Thomas

Bill Covell
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
My condolences on the loss of your loved one. It was an honor and pleasure being Dean's neighbor, co-worker and friend. His knowledge, energy, compassion and smile were infectious; and should be emulated by all. Dean has certainly empowered people and brightened the lives he came in contact. This world has lost a great person but heaven gained a tremendous Angel. For the Covell family, Bill Sr., Marjorie, Bill Jr., Lisa, Sherri, Steve and Veronica, Rest in Peace.

Chester & Priscilla Mummau
   Posted Tue May 12, 2020
Our condolences and sympathies to the entire Johnson and Johnston families! I first met Dean at Virginia Tech many years ago and knew Melinda before that time as we grew up in the same county and attended the same high school. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

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