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Melvin H. "Mel"
Johnson Jr.

October 24, 1959 – July 20, 2018

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Obituary for Melvin H. "Mel" Johnson Jr.

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Melvin H. Johnson, Jr., 58, of Rt. 213, Ulster Park, passed away while in the comforting presence of his family on Friday, July 20, 2018, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center following a courageous battle with lymphoma.

He was born in Kingston, NY on October 24, 1959, in Kingston, NY, to the late Melvin H. Sr. and Eileen (Genther) Johnson.

Mel owned and operated his own construction business, Mel Johnson and Sons Paving & Excavating, for over 30 years.

On March 12, 1988, he married Donita Marie (Lutz) Johnson. Together they raised a son, Matthew, and twin daughters Katie and Melanie.

Mel had a passion for helping others. He opened his heart and his home to many, and was always the first to offer help to anyone in need. Mel loved being surrounded by his family, watching NASCAR, traveling, laughing, a good party, and going camping. He got much enjoyment from working on his farm in Ulster Park. You would often find him out in the fields, riding his tractor, plotting his next project. He even got his own horse, Ginger, last summer.

Mel is survived by his wife, Donita, three children, Matthew, twin daughters, Katie and Melanie, his twin sister, Sandra (Dave) McMahon, of all of Ulster Park, and sister Brenda (Chris) Witte of Cape Monaco, FL. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a great-niece and a great-nephew also survive.

He is preceded in death by one step-son, Shannon.

A celebration of his life will begin at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus. The Johnson family will receive friends at the funeral home, prior to the service from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Cremation and inurnment at St. Remy Cemetery, will follow at a later date, and is private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Mel's memory to:
Center for Lymphoid Malignancies
51 West 51st St, Suite 200, New York, NY 10019

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First Visitation

When Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 3:00pm - 6:30pm
Location
Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
Address
339 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY 12487
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Service Information

When
Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 6:30pm
Officiating
Harry VanVliet IV, Certified Celebrant
Location
Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
Address
339 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY 12487