O. Sherwood Johnson, 89, of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born April 4, 1924, in Idaho Falls to Gustaf Henry Johnson and Esther Marie Lanzen. He grew up in Idaho Falls and attended Idaho Falls High School until he left at age 17 to join the United States Marine Corps, where he served from November 1943 to April 1946. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received while serving on Iwo Jima.
After returning home from the service in April, on May 8, 1946, he married Julia Lee McLaughlin in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Years later, he earned his GED, then degrees in auto mechanics and agriculture. He farmed on East River Road with his brothers from 1946 to 1958. He was a crane operator for Goodwin Builders, owned Johnson Excavating, and then worked for Heyrend Construction and Teton Crane.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as M-men and Gleaners leader, in several bishoprics and as a bishop and high counselor.
His hobbies were horses, fishing, hunting, gardening and working in his yard. He loved his family, the outdoors and people.
A special thanks to OneSource Hospice and to Dad's beautiful angels, Brenda, Yolanda, Tara and Jackie. Thank you! Survivors are his children, Carollyn (Mike) Hubicz of Orangeville, Ohio, Maureen (David, deceased) Daw, Dale (Trinett) Johnson and Mark (Becky) Johnson, all of Idaho Falls, and Lorraine (Ken) Crossley of Spanish Fork, Utah; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Margit Bloomquist; and a brother, Grant Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia; son-in-law, David; father and mother; two brothers, Max and Kurt; and three sisters, Sigrid, Ingrid and Estrid.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at the Idaho Falls 18th Ward LDS Chapel, 1200 Dunbar Drive, with Bishop Shaun Orgill officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls, where military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and the Idaho Military Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.coltrinmortuary.com.