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RENNIE WENDELL JOHNSON
September 15, 1928 ~ March 13, 2017
Rennie Wendell Johnson, 88, of Salem, OR, passed away surrounded by family on Mon., March 13, 2017 from congestive heart failure. He was born on Sept. 15, 1928 on the farm in Wessington Springs, SD, the son of Ludwig Johnson and Sara Torve Johnson. He had one brother, Leo, who preceded him in death in 2016.
Rennie met his wife Doris at a dance in Springfield, OR and they were married on Nov. 25, 1950. They had just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
After high school in Moses Lake, WA, Rennie joined the Air Force and was called to active duty in 1951 where he was stationed at the Early Warning Air Installation at Murphy Dome, Fairbanks, AK.
Over the next few years Rennie owned a Flying A Service Station in Tacoma, worked at Peerless Laundry and in 1963 began his career in the bolt business at Tacoma Screw Products working his way up to manager of the Tide Flats Store. In 1979, Rennie and Doris started and operated Vancouver Bolt and Supply until his retirement in 2003. He served as the president of the Western Fastener Association, giving back to the industry.
Fraternal and philanthropic organizations were important to Rennie. He served as Potentate of Al Kader Shrine in 1999, was knighted as a Royal Rosarian and was a life member of four distinguished lodges in the Masonic Order.
Rennie is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Nancy (Steve) Barradale; son, Craig (Diane) Johnson; daughter, Debbie (Greg) Ego; eight grandchildren; and eleven and one half great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Sat., March 18, 2017. Private interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086 on Mon., March 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Remembrances can be made to the Al Kader Transportation Fund to benefit the
, Royal Rosarians Foundations or St. Mark Lutheran Back Pack Buddy Program.
Arrangements provided by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services in Salem, OR.
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Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory
605 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR 97301
Published in The Columbian from Mar. 16 to Mar. 19, 2017