James "Jim" LeRoy Johnson
Redding - James "Jim" LeRoy Johnson, 90, of Redding, California, passed away April 13, 2021, surrounded by family.
Jim was born to Albert and Phoebe Johnson on April 5, 1931, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He graduated from Alturas High School in California, and received a Bachelor degree in Accounting from Oregon State University. Jim spent the majority of his career in the lumber industry where he was able to combine his degree with his love of the forest.
Jim married Verna Lee Benjamin in 1958, who survives him. Jim is also survived by his children James Douglas and his wife Sarah of Redding, and Sally Ann and her husband Daniel and granddaughter Leah of Texas; granddaughters by marriage are Buddi, Ashley, Jamie and Holly, with numerous great grandchildren by marriage. Jim was predeceased by his parents Albert and Phoebe, his brother Ron Johnson and Ron's wife Joanne.
Recognized for his quick smile, Jim was also known for his love of woodworking. Having spent his career in the lumber industry, he never found a piece of wood that couldn't be turned into something amazing. Jim enjoyed finding new ways of modifying or fixing anything as well as taking apart whatever came across his workbench to figure out how it worked. Jim had a great sense of humor and was known for his practical jokes and love of laughter. Jim's family meant everything to him and he was always eager to participate in family events, whether big or small.
After retiring, Jim could be found at Redding's First United Methodist Church building items for the stage, displays, serving on committees, or generally whatever else might be needed. Jim also loved to travel, with Hawaii being an all-time favorite destination where he and Verna spent many winters exploring the islands.
The family held a small gathering in Jim's memory, and asks that donations in lieu of flowers be sent to the United Methodist Church in Redding, California. A Celebration of Life will be planned once restrictions for larger gatherings are lifted.
Having served as an officer in the Air Force in the 1950s, Jim will be interred at Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, California.
Published in Redding Record Searchlight from Apr. 28 to May 2, 2021.