With a sad and heavy heart I announce the passing of Walter Earl Johnson Jr. Born September 3, 1929 to the late Walter and Myrtle Johnson. He passed away on July 13, 2013, after suffering a major stroke. He is survived by his wife and love of 60 years Wanda Rose (Wendy), his children Walter Earl III (Pancho), Val Harding (Waco), William "P" (Billy), and Wanda Rose (Sissy), eight grandchildren and their spouses, and six great grandchildren. Truly the last of a dying breed Walter started a rock business at the age of 13 in 1943 with his father that would flourish and become W. Johnson Ornamental and Building Stone, his life and legacy to all that he left behind. He was a prosperous man that not only took care of his family but others as well. A decorated Korean War veteran who served in the Army from 1950-1953 though he seldom talked of his two bronze medals. Even up to the end when he wasn't spending time with his beloved great-grandchildren you could find him in the hills on his dozer looking for rock. He loved hunting, fishing, and everything in the outdoors. He was an avid collector of antiques and old western memorabilia. He will be missed by all that were lucky enough to meet him. A giant may have fallen in Santa Rosa, but he is no longer confined to a single physical location as he will live on in the memories of all who cherished him.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2013