Charles Vernon Johnson passed away Feb. 6, 2013 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, surrounded by family.
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He was born Sept. 25, 1923 to Charlie and Foy (Wallace) Johnson in Dawson Texas.
He graduated from Dawson Union High School in 1941 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the U.S.S. San Diego in the Southwest Pacific for 3 years. The ship engaged the enemy on 34 different occasions and never lost a man, and she earned 18 battle stars for her World War II service. Admiral Halsey designated the San Diego to be the first allied warship to enter Tokyo Bay at the war's end. Charles later served in Korea and during the Cold War in the Arabian Sea.
Charles was united in marriage to Margaret Noste in 1946. They eventually resided in Mount Vernon and had three sons. After 20 years of service with the Navy he went to work at the Post Office in Mount Vernon for 20 years.
Charles (who was also known as Charlie, Johnnie, and Jack) always had a desire to help others. He was able to help buy a small farm for his parents with his Navy wages in the 1940's.
After retiring Charles volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Neighbors in Need Food Bank. He loved working with the children and staff of Washington Elementary School as a volunteer in various 2nd grade classrooms from 1999 - 2010, where he enjoyed being known as "Grandpa Charlie".
He was a loving caregiver to Margaret in later years and never failed to lend a hand to friends and family when the need arose. For the past six years he resided at Logan Creek Retirement Community. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Preceded in death by Margaret in 2004, Charles is survived by his brothers Sam Johnson and Don Johnson of Texas; sister Frances Mills of Louisiana; sister-in-law Dorothy Johnson of Mount Vernon and brother-in-law Oliver Noste of Friday Harbor. Charles' sons and daughter-in-laws are Charles D. and Ann Johnson, Michael R. and Susan Johnson, and Richard L. and Katie Johnson; all of Mount Vernon and one grandson, Ole M. Johnson of Seattle. He is survived by step-granddaughters Shannon Krogh, Rachael Howson, and Jessica Verrue; and nine great-grandchildren: Amber, Katie, Chaz, Dylan, Mason, Chloe, Jace, Vivien, and Violet. Charles is also survived by many nephews and nieces and enjoyed the time he spent with nieces Christie Gage, Patty McCormick, Carol Johnson, Mary Hartshorn, and Heidi Riley. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Meals on Wheels.
On Saturday, February 16, 2013, a ceremony of inurnment will take place at Mount Vernon Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 415 S. 18th St., Mount Vernon (due to reconstruction of Trinity Lutheran Church).
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 12, 2013