Fred John Johnson Jr., died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
He was born June 10, 1934, in McCall, to Sanfred “Fred” John Johnson and Helen Helvi Passi. Fred Jr.’s grandparents came from Ylihärmä, Finland. As they came through Ellis Island their Finnish name was changed to Johnson. Fred learned to speak English in the first grade. When Fred finished high school in 1952, he joined his father at a job in the local sawmill.
He married Ruby Louise Baker and of that union, two sons were born, Larry (Kathy) Dee Johnson and Gordon (Tammy) Dean Johnson; four grandchildren followed, Eric Johnson, Lisa Johnson, Cambria Johnson and Cade Johnson. That marriage to Ruby ended in divorce.
He later married Wanda Womack and Lydia Hosmer. In 1959, Fred started work at the Department of Law Enforcement (later named Idaho State Police) and worked from 1961 to 1970 and 1983 to 1995. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard, where he served from 1956 to 1959. Fred liked to keep busy, always completing one project after another.
He built a house for his family with his father-in-law’s help. He had his own business repairing golf carts. He also worked at a muffler shop. His hobbies were motorcycling, fast cars, traveling in the motor home, square dance calling and flying airplanes. He belonged to a flying club and rented airplanes to take family and friends flying over Idaho’s beautiful mountains and rivers.
A memorial service honoring Fred’s life will be at 11 a.m. June 15 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2707 27th St., Clarkston.
Inurnment will follow at a later date at the Finnish Cemetery in Lake Fork, Idaho.