Johnnie D. Johnson

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Johnnie D. Johnson
Mar. 20, 1913- Apr. 28, 2011

Johnnie D. Johnson, 98, passed away in Stanwood, WA at Josephine Sunset Home on April 28, 2011.
He was born to Alfrida and Helmer Johnson on March 20, 1913 in Bryan Township, ND. He was the oldest of 11 children.
Johnnie grew up in North Dakota. After several trips to Washington State, with his brother Arnold in the early 1930's, he returned in 1937 and stayed. He worked on Ernie Thompson's farm in Marysville where he met and later married Ernie's niece, Vera Thompson. They married on August 30, 1940 in Everett, WA.
They purchased and cleared 20 acres in the East Sunnyside area where they farmed and raised four sons. Johnnie and Vera lived on the "farm" for nearly 50 years, gardening, raising chickens and a variety of other critters. During this time Johnnie worked at the Weyerhaeuser sulfite mill as a pipe fitter and painter. He retired from Weyerhaeuser in 1976. He then turned a hobby into a full-time affair repairing appliances or just about anything broken for people in and around the area.
His parents; sisters, Nina and Helen; brothers, Arnold, Lester, Hillard and Norris; and his wife of 50 years, Vera, preceded him in death.
Johnnie is survived by four sons, Don (Bobbi) of Yakima, Allen (Lynn) of Ashland, OR, Gail (Terry) of Marysville and Tim (Cindy) of Longview, WA; three brothers, Walter, Levi and Mencer; sister, Eleanor; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
As a teenager, Johnnie played the trumpet in the Binford, ND high school band. He also played the accordion at local barn dances. He played the accordion for most of his life as well as the drums and trumpet. He played in many dance bands and formed the Johnnie Johnson band, which played at the Everett Eagles, Normana Hall and many other venues. In later years he enjoyed entertaining at local senior centers and nursing homes, including Josephine Sunset Home.
We will always remember the tapping of his toe to a good polka and the lively sound of his accordion.
At Johnnie's request, there will be no services.

Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 8, 2011
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