Oskar A. Johanson(1925-2013)

Another World War II Vet has left us.
Oskar A. Johanson, of Lodi, passed away on March 3, 2014, at the age of 88. He was born in Oakland, CA on June 30, 1925, to August and Alma Kristina (Nurk) Johanson.
Back in 1943, when a young man graduated from high school, he didn't think of what college or university to attend, but what branch of the service to join. Oskar chose the United States Marine Corps, and from that experience, he stayed a Marine and Patriot for the rest of his life. He sustained his war injury in the South Pacific. After the war, he was an independent trucker; then he went to work at Naval Air Station Alameda as a machinist. He also worked as the last Constable for Contra Costa County. He also became a successful harness horse breeder. His war injury became too disabling, and he had to retire. Although he could not work, he never gave up on life. He would tinker on things around the house, and at night when he was unable to sleep, he would write letters to the editor. You may have read some of them. He was known all over town. He would talk with anyone and enjoyed the friendship with all he met. He had thought he would live to be 101. He assembled facts and processed information. However, a sudden and severe illness struck him down. Another great Marine is gone, and we must close ranks and carry on. Oskar is survived by his adopted grandson, Russell Johnson; two nieces, Carol May Britton and Holly Kadlubowski; one nephew, Charles Strayer; and one great-nephew, Dan Dean. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Salli Johnson; and two sons, Alan and Eric Johnson. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA

Published in Lodi News-Sentinel on Mar. 10, 2014