William E. Johnson passed away peacefully on July 12, 2013, at the age of 90. “Bill”, as he was known by all, was born in Hoquiam, Washington, on April 7, 1923, to Cap and Viola (Groseclose) Johnson.
He was raised in Humptulips, Washington and graduated from Quinault High School in 1942. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy in November of 1942 and was honorably discharged in March of 1946. Throughout his military service, Bill served in World War II and earned numerous honors, some of which included the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal, the European-African ME Area Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Purple Heart.
William Johnson was married to Anne Sertich of Axford Prairie on September 14, 1946. The couple lived in the Wynoochee area for three years and then moved to Hoquiam where they have since resided.
They had traveled to Florida, Alaska and Hawaii. He was a member of the Hoquiam Elks Lodge #1082 and the Roamin’ Elks RV Club. He loved the outdoors which enabled him to become a renowned fisherman and hunter. He also loved digging clams. He took his son and grandkids with him whenever possible.
He began working for the City of Hoquiam Water Department on January 1, 1958, and retired on July 31, 1985, as an equipment operator.
Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Anne; his daughter, Sharon and son-in-law, Dennis Dickinson; his son, Larry and daughter-in-law, Susie Johnson; his grandchildren, Chris and his wife, Tara Johnson, Tim Johnson and Mindy Johnson, Kim Dickinson, Jeff Dickinson and his wife, Courtney; his great-grandchildren, Brianna and Matthew Johnson, Justin Moberly, Hunter and Gage Dickinson.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, and Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
A cryptside service of entombment with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Aberdeen Fern Hill Cemetery Colonnades with Rev. Sean Hollen officiating.
A time of fellowship to celebrate his life will follow at Friends Landing, 300 Katon Road at Montesano.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Harbors Home Health & Hospice, 201 – 7th Street, Hoquiam, Washington, 98550; Hoquiam Food Bank, P.O. Box 472, Hoquiam, 98550.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.