Rev. Warren H. Johnson died on June 29, 2020 at 103 years old. He was born on March 14, 1917 to Winnesheik and Harry Johnson in Bronson, Iowa. He attended Buena Vista College, a Presbyterian college, in Storm Lake, Iowa where he met his beloved wife of 66 years Dorothy L. (Theiss) Johnson.
After finishing seminary at the University of Dubuque Theological School, he was a minister at 3 churches: Mt. Ida Presbyterian Church in Davenport Iowa, Federated Church in Templeton, Massachusetts and Greenhills Community Presbyterian Church in Greenhills, Ohio. He served as a Navy chaplain in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In the Navy, Warren travelled to many locations; French Morocco, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Okinawa, Korea, The Phillipines and crossed the Pacific more than 40 times. On retirement from the Navy, he served the Hospital Ministry as a chaplain at the VA Hospital in Chicago and Chief of Chaplains at Downey VA Hospital in North Chicago from 1966-1982.
Warren and Dorothy had 4 children. Robert Kirk (and wife Shari) in Medford, Oregon, Mark in Salinas, California, Jay (and wife Frankie) in Lake Zurich, Illinois, and Susan L. Davis in the Woodlands, Texas. He had 8 grandchildren: Lori, and husband Dave Ortiz, Vicki and husband, Brian Magstadt; Greg, Eric and wife, Kari, Matt and wife Dora, and Charlie Johnson; Danny and Brian Davis. He also has 5 great grand children and 3 great great grand children.
Warren was one in a million; warm, kind, compassionate, fun and extremely interesting--to know him was to love him. A vibrant member of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church; volunteering and being active in church functions as often as possible, and always bringing joy to everyone he knew! He loved to tell a good story or joke, sing funny folk songs, and recite countless poems by memory (yes, even at 103). Among his many activities, he loved to travel the world; travelled extensively to Elderhostels, drove all over the country camping and enjoying nature especially at National Parks. A few of Warren's many interests- Navy ping pong champ, Kiwanis, bowling leagues, jigsaw puzzles, gardening especially tomatoes, reading travel and religious publications, playing cards....and making paper airplanes. He always had a grand fleet of paper airplanes ready and waiting to the delight of his kids, grandkids, and great great grandchildren. And to live to 103, he exercised daily up until the week he died...whether it be at The Forum, the YMCA, and even at window visits with family during Covid restrictions. Even as a centenarian, it was not uncommon for this personable, energetic man to have 6 social activities/appointments on his calendar to attend in a day! Everywhere he went, he loved to meet new people. He'd start off by saying something funny, and next be listening intently to their life story, problems, or travels. I could always see a spark in the new acquaintance's face when they parted. A big smile after time spent with Warren, the man who cared about and loved people so very much!
A Celebration of Life for Warren will be held on Saturday, October 23rd at 2 pm at the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church at 4881 W. Panther Creek, The Woodlands, TX 77381. Reception to follow in the Prayer Garden.
In memory of Warren, donations may be made to The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church.
Published by The Beaumont Enterprise from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2021.