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Jan. 10, 1930 – June 29, 2019
Johnson obit
James Johnson passed away peacefully on June 29, 2019 in Modesto, Ca. at the age of 89 with his loving wife and family by his side. James was born on January 10, 1930 to Lee and Anna Johnson in St. Louis, Mo. James was one of six siblings. When he was 13 years old his family moved out to a dairy in Farmington, Ca. For most of his life he was a magazine salesman for the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) catalog. He met many friends along the way, along with his wife of 70 years, Irma.
James was such a loving and gentle soul, he couldn’t even hurt a spider. He enjoyed taking the dogs for a walk. On his daily walks he would buy extra bones and feed each dog he came across. He had the biggest heart of them all. He also enjoyed playing the mandolin for his family and grandchildren whom he loved very much. He was an avid wood whittler. He made little gadgets from carving them out of wood.
James is survived by his wife of 70 years, Irma Johnson, children Jim Johnson (Sandy) of Washington, Mike Johnson (Chris) of Escalon, Ca, Eric Johnson (Linda) of Modesto, Ca, grandchildren Aaron Johnson, Rory Johnson, Jared Johnson, Justin Johnson and George Johnson and nine great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Lee and Anna, siblings Bob Johnson, Don Johnson, Lee Johnson, Margaret Cordeiro and Eileen Ude (Buerer), brothers, Jeff Johnson and granddaughter Bryana Johnson.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Deegan Funeral Chapel. A chapel service will be held on July 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Deegan Funeral Chapel, 1441 San Joaquin St., Escalon, Ca 95320. Burial to follow at Burwood Cemetery, 28320 E. River Rd., Escalon, Ca.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times

July 3, 2019