James Earl Johnson, 82, of Lewistown, died of natural causes on Nov. 25, 2007, at Great Falls Benefis Hospital. He was born Aug. 10, 1925, in Midwest, Wyo., the son of John E. and Anna Marie (Neiber) Johnson.
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In 1929 his parents moved to the Lewistown area where he attended various small country schools. While in high school, he and his parents moved to Winnett, graduating and then enlisting in the Navy, serving in World War II.
Returning to Winnett, he married Ramona Stewart on Feb. 14, 1948, and together they had seven children.
He owned and operated a sawmill their first years together and then ranching became their life. Times got hard, so he took a job with Tindall Construction in the Lewistown area and later relocated his family in 1970. At this time, he was employed with Williams Construction/Northwest Tree Service based out of Bozeman as an equipment operator and tree trimmer. He retired in 1987.
Jim had many hobbies he loved, such as woodworking, model railroading and gardening. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion.
His first wife, Ramona, died Nov. 24, 1985.
He then married Marion Sarno on Jan. 14, 1989, and she died Sept. 3, 1995.
He is survived by his seven children, Mary (John) Edwards, Jack Johnson, Douglas Johnson, Norma (Steven) Stewart, and Timothy Johnson, all of the Bozeman area, Sally (Clint) Dahlhausen of Moccasin, and Mark Johnson of Clarkston, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, one sister, and his daughter–in-law.
He will be missed by his dog, Ginger, who was his companion in his last years.
Memorial services for James E. Johnson will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Cloyd Chapel with inurnment to follow in the Central Montana Memorial Gardens. Visitation for Jim will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 8 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 30, 1-5 p.m., both in the Cloyd Chapel.
Cloyd Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.
Friends are asked to make memorials to the Diabetes Association, to the Central Montana Hospice, or to a charity of choice; memorials may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home.
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.
Cloyd Funeral Home
209 Third Avenue North
Lewistown, MT 59457-0118
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 28, 2007