Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
John Johnson Jr. died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Layton, Utah. He was 90. Funeral services were held in Bountiful, Utah. John was cremated and will be buried in the Kimball City Cemetery at a later date. John W. Johnson Jr. was born Jan. 8, 1918, in Kimball to John W. and Mollie Ethel (Albin) Johnson. He was baptized in the Kimball Church of Christ as a child and was a member of the Community Christian Church in Fresno, Calif., at the time of his death. John joined the regular Army in 1940 with his brother Chuck and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was in the 3rd Div., 3rd Recon. and served in the European Theater during World War II. While at Fort lewis, John met his wife Ione Steele, who was also born in Kimball. They married Jan. 3, 1941, four days before John was shipped overseas. In 1945, he was discharged, being brought home on a flag ship and was one of the first bunch of returning veterans. He returned to Tacoma, Wash., where he and Ione, along with their daughter Judy lived until 1962. While in Tacoma, John worked for the federal government (Mt. Rainier Ord. Depot) before tranferring to Tooele, Utah. He retired from Tooele Army Depot in 1971 and then he and Ione moved to California. In 1993, they returned to Kimball. John was a life member of the VFW, serving in many post and district offices. He was proud of his flower and vegetable gardens. In September 1997, he won an award from the City of Kimball for is colorful flower beds. Because of health problems, he moved in May 2007 to Bountiful, Utah, to live with his daughter. John and Ione were married 54 years before her death in January 1995. John was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters Gladys John, Edyth Haupt, Verna Johnson and Opal Faye Anderson Walde; and brothers Harold, George and Charles. John is survived by daughter Judith Johnson Noorda, Bountiful, Utah; grandsons Rhett (and Katherine) Noorda, Woods Cross, Utah, and Derek Noorda, Murray, Utah; great-grandson Chandler Noorda, Woods Cross, Utah; sister-in-laws Mary Johnson, Kimball, and Beverly Johnson, Minnetonka; many nieces and nephews.