"John" Mervin Delbert Johns, 82, died in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Dec. 22, 2013.
A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Eagle Point National Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, Cremation was done at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens.
Mervin was born on June 25, 1931, in Klamath Falls to Ruth and Jerry Johns. He grew up in the Klamath Basin, graduating from Merrill High School in 1949.
He then entered the U.S. Coast Guard
in 1951, serving as a seaman until 1954, when he received an honorable discharge and returned to Klamath Falls.
He began a career with Southern Pacific Railroad as a Gradall operator until his retirement in 1991.
In 1983, Mervin met the love of his life, Arlene Reister; they married in 1992 at the Park Wedding Chapel in Reno, Nev.
He enjoyed fishing at Link River and Horseshoe Dam. He loved watching football and loved to talk about his times in the Coast Guard and railroad. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and dear friends.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Diane Johns; daughter and partner, Aleece Johnson and Doyle Womack; step-children and their spouses, Jennie and James Newbury, Joseph and Jennifer Reister, and Meredith Jimenez; grandchildren, Joshua Schaafsma, Virgal and Nathan Johns, Parker, Jayton and Khilee Newbury, Katie and Emilee Reister, Alyssa, Tiffany, Adriana and Danielle Lopez, and Moises Jimenez; and great-grandchildren, Connor Schaafsma, Dianna Phillips, and Cayne Ruby.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Johns, mother and step-father, Ruth and Charlie Teague, brothers, Ethmer and Darrell Johns, nephew, Brian Johns and son, Jerry Johns.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made in honor of Mervin Johns to the National Veterans Association.
Eternal Hills Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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