John Henry Johnson’s Obituary
John Henry Johnson, age, 82, entered the gates of heaven peacefully at home in Morinville, Alberta late in the evening, November 6th, 2020. His final days and months were spent surrounded by family while he braved his third battle with cancer. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother & friend to many. He was born July 6, 1938 in North Star, Alberta, the son of the late Hendrick Johnson & Lena (Thompson) Johnson. He attended Public School and one year of Bible School. He was united in holy matrimony to Loretta Johnson on May 22nd, 1965 in Manning, Alberta. Together they had 3 children whom he loved dearly; Derwin, Carolyn & Gregory.
John worked in the grain elevators for many years in Grimshaw as well as the Seed Cleaning plant & elevators in Manning. All the while, he also farmed land and a variety of livestock on his homestead in Deadwood. John & Loretta moved to Westlock in 1985 where they managed the FasGas station at Clyde corner for 6 years with their children pumping gas and checking oil. A real family business. After that, they moved to White Rock, BC where they managed 3 apartment buildings while they enjoyed the ocean air. They moved to Pickardville, Alberta in 1998 and painfully lost their son Derwin on Christmas Eve. Then they moved back into Westlock in 2003, built a basement suite for Loretta’s parents and took care of them until they both deceased. They moved to St. Albert in 2009 and lived there until 2017 when they relocated to Morinville to be near their son Greg. John went through major heart surgery in 2014 and fared very well. He lost his beloved wife of 52 years to cancer in October 2017. It was a heartbreaking time. He then spent months living back and forth between the homes of his son Greg in Morinville and his daughter Carolyn in Nashville.
John loved music and played some guitar. He would sing in church with his wife in the earlier days, and often as a family unit with his children as well. He loved watching his daughter sing and travelled miles and miles to catch as many of her shows as he could. He also liked gardening with his wife and spent hours outside helping make their yards & patios into mini retreats.
John was a helper and a giver. He moved family after family from house to house, always lending a hand. A master of DIY in the old school way, he could fix anything, and it was not unusual for his farm trucks to be pieced together from several different vehicles. John was a loyal, hard worker, gave 150% and was always appreciated by anyone who employed him. He was a strong, kind, humble and patient man who never met a stranger. You could count on him as his word was golden. One of the most non-judgmental humans you would ever meet. He always said, “until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, you’ve got nothing to say”. John loved to play cards and drink coffee with neighbors and friends, telling stories, joking, laughing, and fellowshipping. His grandchildren were the stars in his eyes and he loved spending time with them and making them laugh.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Henry & Lena Johnson, his brothers Helmer & Alvin, his sisters Julia, Marghie, Lillian & Judy, his son Derwin and his wife Loretta.
His beautiful life will forever be remembered and cherished by his daughter Carolyn Johnson & her children Abigail & Bennett, his son Greg Johnson (Jodi) and their children Mariah & Kelsea. His sisters Dorothy Nicklason, Elsie Lein (Alvin) and brother George Johnson (Bev). In laws Wade Liknes (Marian), Judy Hanson (Bill), Bert Quist, Joan Powers (Stan), Nola Peterson (Dave) & Sheryle Picklyk (Don).
In light of COVID gathering restrictions and in the interest of safety, a service will be held at a later date with interment of ashes at the Westlock Cemetery in Westlock, AB.
There will be an online Celebration of Life, 1pm MST, December 5th, 2020. Please check back the day prior to the service to obtain the link to attend virtually.
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