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Volney Johnson


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Volney A. Johnson
1923 ~ 2018
On October 18, 2018, Volney Alvin Johnson joyfully went home to be with his heavenly Father. Volney died peacefully at the age of 95 in Boise, ID. He leaves behind him a long legacy of love, service, and faith and will be greatly missed.
Volney was born in Mitchell, SD, on September 1, 1923, to Vurden and Mabel Johnson. A farm boy, he grew up outside of Loomis, SD, and graduated from Letcher High School in 1941. After high school, he attended Dakota Wesleyan University for two years and then, with the onset of war in 1942, enlisted in the US Navy. He attended officers training and midshipmens school in Minot, ND, and at Columbia University in New York City, where he was commissioned as an ensign. He served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Autugua throughout the war.
He met Elaine Godber during his junior year of high school when she was a sophomore, and they dated throughout his three years of service in the Navy before getting married on January 8, 1946. In 1948, they had a daughter, RaVae. Shortly afterward, he answered a call to preach the gospel, and they moved their family to Nampa, ID, where he attended Northwest Nazarene College and earned a BA in religion and a Bachelor of Theology. Their son, Denny, was born in 1950. As a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, Volney and Elaine ministered in the towns of Enterprise, OR, Elgin, OR, Emmett, ID, Casper, WY, and Hood River, OR, over a span of 25 years. When he retired, they moved to Gresham, OR, and then Sunnyside, WA, where they lived for 10 years. They moved to Meridian, ID, in 1996.
Although retired, Volney continued to serve the Lord throughout his life. He spent several years on staff at Eagle Church of the Nazarene, where he led prayer ministries and taught Sunday school there for nearly 20 years. Volney never met a stranger—he made friends easily and didn't miss an opportunity to tell those he met about the Lord. Even the last days of his life he spent ministering to others.
Volney was a man of many interests. He loved sports, hunting, painting, music, gardening, taxidermy, preserving flowers, and collecting coins. He was an avid fisherman from the time he was a young boy, and, as an expert at fly tying himself, for many years he ran a business providing fly tying materials to fishermen. He loved teaching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to fish, and he was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.
Volney is survived by his son, Denny Johnson (Jeanette) of Meridian, ID, and son-in-law, Don Warmenhoven (Eke), of Eagle ID. He has six grandchildren: Kary Ferguson (Scott) of Boise, ID; Joey Warmenhoven (Rebecca) of West Linn, OR; Missy Small (Jason) of Arlington, VA; Shaanti Bucher (Adam) of Eagle, ID; Jenny McAfee (Chad) of Eagle, ID; and Casey Johnson (Kim) of Meridian, ID. Volney has 15 great-grandchildren: Sean, Conner, and Collin Ferguson; Ashley and Emily Warmenhoven; Henry and Lucy Small; Cole, Mason, and Kade Bucher; Troy, Cooper, and Paige McAfee; and Olivia and Addie Johnson. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Shirley Mickelson (Elmer) of Mount Vernon, SD, and a sister-in-law, Jan Cleland (Rich) of Rapid City, SD. Volney was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Elaine Johnson, and his daughter, RaVae Warmenhoven.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Eagle Church of the Nazarene, 1001 W. State St. in Eagle. Pastor Tim Bunn will be officiating. Volney will be buried at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Remembrances may be left for the family on Volney's webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Eagle Church of the Nazarene, 1001 W. State Street, Eagle, ID 83616.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23, 2018
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