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KENNETH W. "KEN" JOHNSON


K.W. JOHNSON
September 25, 1923 ~ March 13, 2013

Kenneth W. Johnson, a former Vice President of First Interstate Bank, now Wells Fargo, was born in Blackfoot, ID on Sept. 25, 1923. He was the son of Harry A. and Olive M. Johnson. He passed away in Vancouver, WA on March 13, 2013. His family moved to Oregon in 1926 and later to Washington where he attended elementary, junior high, and high school in Washougal, WA.
After serving four years in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945, he attended Behnke-Walker Business College in Portland, Oregon and later graduated "Cum Laude" from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He also completed several Institute of Banking courses, other workshops and seminars.
Ken married Jean Riehl on Aug. 2, 1942. They were divorced in 1977. In 1984, he married Sandra L. Vaughan.
Ken began his career with First National Bank of Portland in 1946. He subsequently held several positions, including Branch Manager of the Gold Beach and Newberg offices and Vice President at the Head Office. He retired in 1979.
Active in community affairs, he was a member of The Portland Downtown Lions Club, past president of The Forest Grove Lions Club, the Newberg Rotary Club, the Newberg Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Association of Credit Managers. He also worked with community organizations including Boy Scouts, United Way and The March of Dimes.
Ken is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Vancouver, WA; son, Ronald of Portland, OR; son, Randall (Dona) of Missoula, MT; daughter, Kaye of San Diego, CA; step-daughter, Lori Kaufman of Portland, OR; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
His only sibling, Alene Lucas, is deceased.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Touchmark at Fairway Village, 2911 SE Village Loop, Vancouver, WA, on Fri., March 15, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.

Published in The Columbian on Mar. 15, 2013
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