Johansing, Walter B.
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January 5, 1915 - March 16, 2013
Walter Bernard Johansing died peacefully at his home outside Paso Robles on March 16th. Walter was born on January 5, 1915 to Millie and Harry Johansing in South Pasadena. Walter grew up in an era long gone in California when he could ride his horse, Patches, from Pasadena to his high school in Ojai. It was during one of these rides that he met his future wife Elizabeth McGrath, while visiting his classmate, Jo McGrath, on their farm in Oxnard. Walter often told stories of his summer adventures working in the mining camps throughout Idaho, Nevada and California during his college days. He attended the University of Santa Clara and completed his education at University of Southern California with a major in Geology. As he would always say, the luckiest day of his life was when he marries Liz in 1939 in Oxnard. Together they made their home in Pasadena where they raised their ten children. He began his career with Cardox Corporation and then in 1959 he partnered with Louis Mitchell to form Johansing & Mitchell, a distributor of carbon dioxide. In 1974, upon his retirement, Walter and Liz purchased a ranch along the Estrella River that quickly became a gathering place for family and friends. Walter's world was filled with family, music and storytelling. He enjoyed rock hounding, hiking, camping, horses, pinochle, travel and a good glass of local wine. But far and above, he loved family and his faith. Walter was predeceased by his beloved wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Patty (Valerian), son, Gregory; brother, Harry and sisters, Margaret, Elly and Claire. He is survived by his children: Diane Litchfield (Jim), Sally Held (Bill), Nancy Hall (Bill), son-in-law Dick Valerian, Barney (Corky), Beth Cote (Bob), Peter (Kathy), Tom (Judy) and Karen Meyer (Steve), along with thirty-three grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren; his brother, Paul Johansing (Bette) and his sister; Barbara Buckley. Many thanks to the wonderful caregivers Dad was blessed to have during his final years.
A funeral mass will be held at Mission San Miguel at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23rd, followed by a reception at the Mission hall. Donations in Walter's memory can be made to Mission San Miguel.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 21, 2013