(05/06/2005)
One of Calhoun's great supporters who returned hundreds of times from Parkersburg to express his interest, has died.

Lee "Ox" Johnson, 68, of the the "Three Amigos," a well-known group of supporters for Calhoun athletics, was a person who extended his time to help others, including being a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

"He was a man of many talents and trades," said his brother Howard Johnson of Grantsville. "He never quit going to school," having graduated from Salem College and attending Marshall University.

A graduate of the Class of 1955, he had been vitally interested in the construction of the Wayne Underwood Museum at the new athletic field at Calhoun Middle-High School, and along with his cohorts had developed plans to develop the structure and had been engaged in fund raising.

He died Wednesday night in a Columbus, Ohio hospital after being ill for several weeks from what was described as a ruptured gall bladder, which developed into life-threatening peritonitis.

Family members said he had been steadily improving after being ill about five weeks ago.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Parkersburg. Visitation 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.


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