William Kenneth Johnson (Ken) passed from this life in his home Wednesday, April 23, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was 91.
This wonderful man was born in Long Beach, Calif. December 12, 1922. He grew up in San Diego, Calif. Upon graduating from high school Ken enrolled at San Diego State College then ventured north to attend OSU seeking a degree in forestry. When WWII broke out he interrupted his education to enlist in the U.S. Army's newly formed 10th Mountain Division. Upon completing alpine training in the Rockies at Camp Hale, Colo. he served in the European theater in the region of the Italian Alps. After the war Ken, now a decorated veteran, married Roberta Ann Clark of Glenwood Springs, Colo. June 25, 1946, whom he had previously met while training at Camp Hale. The couple returned to OSU to complete their degrees. He worked in the forest industry in Oregon and Northern California. In January of 1963, Roberta passed away. Ken remarried Ann Dougherty of San Diego, Calif. June 20, 1964 and moved his family to Medford, Ore. where he eventually became an architectural draftsman. He remained a resident of the Rogue Valley until his death.
Ken was a devout man of faith. He actively served as a member of United Methodist Church of Medford in various capacities throughout the years. He loved music and enjoyed singing in church choirs as well as with the Rogue Valley Harmonizers, a local barbershop chorus. Ken volunteered with the Cancer Society and worked with children cancer survivors at Camp Ukandu. Ken pursued a wide variety of creative interests including drawing, painting, carving, leather craft, and fly tying. He also was an avid reader. Ken loved life and being with his family. Sharing time with them brought a special joy. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to camp, RV, hunt and especially fish. Time spent casting a fly or lure into the water seemed to refresh his soul.
Ken is survived by Ann, his wife of nearly 50 years; two sons, Mike (Becky) of Tigard, Ore. and Dan (Terri) of Eagle Point, Ore.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Roberta; two brothers; and two sisters.
Ever a gentle man of strength - Ken's warm smile and patient, generous spirit will be missed by many.
A private interment for Ken will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery. A memorial celebration of his life is planned for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Medford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to the Providence Hospice Program at 2033 Commerce Drive, Medford, OR 97504, or a charity of choice.