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Herbert Verner Johnson

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Herbert Verner Johnson Obituary
Johnson, Herbert Verner
Herbert Verner Johnson, 88, went home to be with the Lord June 30, 2013. Herb was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1925 to Swedish immigrants, Bror August Johnson and Anna Maria Edstrom. Private first class Herbert Verner Johnson proudly served his country during World War II in the Army. He drove an ambulance through France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He wrote a book about his memoirs. Herb married the love of his life, Doris, August 19, 1950. In 1957 he moved his family to Arizona where he spent the rest of his life. Herb worked most of his life as a mechanical engineer. His last and favorite job was working for Arizona State University as a mechanical designer in their planning and construction department. Herb lived a life full of fun and adventure. Doris and Herb went on dozens of cruises and toured Europe a few times. His passion was baseball. As a young man he was a "south paw" pitcher on a team in the Mount Greenwood area of Chicago. Herb was an avid hiker. He organized groups to hike the Grand Canyon and other places in Arizona. Herb loved music and dancing. Swedish folk dancing was a big part of Herb and Doris' life. For many years the couple was active in Vasa, a Scandinavian Club. Herb was predeceased by his wife, Doris by only two weeks. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon and Sandra (Gordon) and a son, Dan. He also leaves behind four granddaughters, Kristen (Bill), Erin (Steve), Mandy and Katie; two great grandsons, Luke and Conlan. Herb woke up happy every day. His life was full of fun, family and friends. Herb was much loved and will be missed by all. A funeral service will be held at 9:30AM, Friday, July 12, 2013, Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to place online condolences.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on July 7, 2013
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