Nels Johnson (1917 - 2013)

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Nels T. Johnson

November 25, 1917 - March 19, 2013

SALEM - On Tuesday March 19th, Nels peacefully left this world to enter the kingdom of his Lord and Savior. He had lived 95 years and now has his eternal rest.

Nels was born in Heppner, Oregon to James and Elizabeth Johnson. He grew up in Silverton and graduated from Silverton High School in 1936. Nels married June in 1941 at the First Christian Church in Silverton.

Nels joined the Army National Guard in 1934 and then the regular army in 1940 to attend Officer's Candidate School. He served his country proudly as a 1stLieutenant in the 4th Armored Division, part of General Patton's command in Europe during WWII.

After graduating in accounting from the University of Oregon in 1950 he passed his Certified Public Accountant exams and began an accounting practice in Salem, first with the partnership Hunsaker & Johnson and then with Johnson Glaze & Co., where his legacy of high professional standards continues. He was a charter member of the South Salem Lions Club, holding many offices with the Lions including club president and District Governor. Nels and June were also active members of the First Christian Church of Salem, Sons of Norway Lodge, and the Silverton High School breakfast group. Nearing retirement, Nels and June moved to their "farm" near Sublimity where they enjoyed many years spending time with their grandchildren, hosting annual picnics for the Sons of Norway, and living the "country life".

All who knew Nels appreciated his sense of humor, easy smile, and his gentle manner. His faith in God, service to others, and love of family set an example for us all.

Nels was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Frances and Pauline, brother Jim, and by his wife and soul mate of 69 years, June. They are survived by their four children, daughters Carol Munson Hall (Delane) of Newberg, Kathy Bauldree (Travis) of Stayton, Barbara Sandberg (Keith) of Salem and son Terry Johnson of Mission Viejo, California. They were blessed with six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Premier Care Home and the Caregivers at Trapper House for their loving care of Mom and Dad.

A celebration of his life will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 28th, at the First Christian Church located at 685 Marion St NE in Salem. Flowers, which are so beloved by the family, are encouraged. A private service with military honors will be held on a later date at the Willamette National Cemetery.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 23, 2013
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