John Morgan Johnson

Nov. 28, 1915-March 28, 2006

John Morgan Johnson, 90, died on March 28, 2006.

He was born on Nov. 28, 1915 to John and Mary Ellen Johnson in Kensal, N.D. When he was 2 years old, he and his family moved to central Alberta, Canada, where in later years, he and his four brothers helped their parents run a 1,300-acre wheat farm.

In 1938, Mr. Johnson moved to Oregon with his brothers, and he married Emma L. Johnson in Stevenson, Wash.

Mr. Johnson worked in the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, Wash., during World War II, helping construct “baby flattops.” After the war, he worked for Silver Wheel Freight Lines in Portland and later for Copeland Lumber, Molalla Lumber and Linn County Lumber yards.

Mr. Johnson and his wife opened Ace Home Supplies in Sweet Home in 1962. They sold the business and retired in 1979.

After retirement, the Johnsons traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting and his grandchildren.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 68 years, Emma Lura; daughter, Beverly Crocker of Sweet Home; son, Raymond Johnson of Wamic; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Loren, George, Wilson and James.

A graveside service was held on April 1 at Gilliland Cemetery with a reception following at the Sweet Home Elks Lodge.