The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 10, 2014

Joe B. Johnson (Herkermer P. Pushbroom)

NEOSHO, Mo. — Joe B. Johnson, aka Herkermer P. Pushbroom, 85, Neosho, Mo., died Jan. 9, 2014, at his home, following a lengthy illness.

Joe was born Aug. 2, 1928, in Lawrence County, Mo., and was a lifelong area resident of the Neosho area. Following his high school graduation, he began working at Radio Station KFSB in Joplin and then moved to Wichita, Kan. in 1950 to continue his radio career. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and following his discharge from the military, he resumed his radio and television career until 1963. He returned to Missouri and began preaching and farming. In 1972 he began his tenure at KBTN radio, known as Herkermer P. Pushbroom. He continued his farming and preaching, working at KBTN for 18 years and retired in 1990. Following his retirement from radio, he continued full time in the ministry, serving 11 congregations during his career and worked until six weeks ago. Joe was a member of the Church of Christ, an honorary FFA Member and a commercial pilot.

He married Delora Imogene (Jean) Alsdurf on Jan. 14, 1950, at Neosho, and she survives of the home.

Also surviving are four children, Steven Joe Johnson and wife, Becky, Diamond, Jack Johnson and wife, Tammy, Pea Ridge, Ark., John Johnson and wife, Beth, Neosho, and Kerry Johnson, Seneca; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be Monday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Hillcrest Church of Christ, Danny Boggs and Don Deffenbaugh will officiate. Interment will be in the Diamond Cemetery and grandsons, Christopher Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Lucas Thogmartin and Marty Block will serve as pallbearers and Rick Hyder and Glen Honeycutt will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Reiboldt, Wayne Douthitt and Clay Johnson. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggest, that in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Joe be made to the Neosho Christian School in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

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