William Bernard Johnson, 76, of Idaho Falls, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at his home. He was under the care of Hands of Hope Hospice.
He was born July 17, 1937, in Idaho Falls to Arthur Glen Johnson and Irma Ardella Smith Johnson. Bill attended the Poplar School and continued his education in Ririe, graduating from Ririe High School. Bill played basketball at Ririe High School, and being the star player, he holds the record of 50 points scored in a district tournament game. He enjoyed horse racing, golf, gardening, fishing and hunting. He attended Idaho State University in Pocatello.
He married Darlene Wessman and they had one daughter, Treena. He joined the National Guard and served as private first class, and as a cook at Fort Lewis, Wash. Bill and Darlene later divorced.
Bill lived in Idaho Falls for 35 years. He started out as a car salesman and eventually bought and managed his own business, Majestic Used Cars. Later, he purchased and ran the Classic Bar in Idaho Falls. As a side venture, he started selling worms to other local businesses around town and did very well with this endeavor.
He married Ilene M. Parr Kisner on May 4, 2001, in Jefferson County.
Bill is survived by his wife, Ilene of Idaho Falls; daughter, Treena Johnson Hammon of Rigby; stepsons, David (Janette) Kisner of Middleton, Idaho, John (Joanna) Kisner of South Ogden, Utah, Kenneth (Valena) Kisner of Rigby, Larry (Susan) Moore of Hawaii, and Mark Moore of Idaho Falls; stepdaughter, Kathy Demott of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho; brother, Richard G. Johnson of Ririe; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Donna; one brother, Keith; one stepson; and one step-grandson.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Ririe-Shelton Cemetery, with military rites performed by the Bonneville County Veteran's Team.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.com