Wallace O. Johnson left his home on earth to joyfully meet his Lord and Savior on Sept. 16, 2017. Wally grew up in Eagle River, Wisconsin where he enjoyed life as a boy living in the country. He played baseball, football, basketball, hockey and fished and hunted with his friends. He even wrote a book about his childhood.
After graduating from high school Wally enlisted in the Army during World War II and did a six-month tour in Germany. He wrote a book about that, too. After the war his mother got him a job at the bank in Eagle River. There he met his beautiful wife, Milly, and they were married in 1949. Their son, Don, was born a year later. After two years they moved to Eureka. Wally got a job at Bank of America in the Eureka Branch. In 1953 their daughter, Linda, was born. Dad was transferred to the Crescent City branch of Bank of America in 1955 and transferred back to Eureka in 1958. Finally in 1964, the morning before the famous Tidal Wave hit Crescent City, dad was transferred back to Crescent City where he remained the rest of his life.
Dad was very involved in the community and when he retired from Bank of America the mayor of the city proclaimed Nov. 19th, 1980 as “Wally Johnson Day” in recognition of the good deeds performed by this fine citizen. The bank held an open house for Dad and all citizens were encouraged to visit him on that day.
Dad served on the city planning commission, county grand jury, was instrumental in establishing the Jaycees and was their first president. In 1971 Dad was named “Boss of the Year.” He was active in the Easter Seal Society and as Maitre d’ at the annual Silver Ball. He was secretary-treasurer for the Junior Livestock Auction at the county fair and served on the Crab Races and Feed Committee.
Dad was an active member of the First Baptist Church serving as deacon, assistant superintendent, Sunday school teacher and choir member. He later became an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church.
Most importantly Dad was a very loving husband and father. A humble man loved by many.
Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Jennie Johnson, brother Marvin Johnson, granddaughter Erin Johnson, and grandson Kyran Miller.
Wally is survived by his wife, Milly Johnson of 68 years, brother Lee Johnson, son Don Johnson and wife Robin, daughter Linda Miller and husband Mark. Grandchildren Dan (Terie), Steve (Kathy), Jonathon (Jessica), Wendy and Jennifer. Great grandchildren Madeleine, Niah, Asja, Matteo, Josiah, Sofia, and Kaiden.
The Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Crescent City with the Rev. Marty Tyler officiating. A very special thank you from all of us to Addie Meedom House for the tender and loving care of our very special husband, dad, and grandfather.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.
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— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel