Yvon Oscar Johnson



Yvon Oscar Johnson, 87, died suddenly in Medford, Ore., from a stroke on Friday, March 21, 2008. Although we will miss him greatly, we are comforted in the knowledge he is in Heaven and with the Lord.



He was born in Vichy, France, on March 24, 1920. The son of Andrew Jacob Johnson and Helene Marie Charlotte (Deschamps) Johnson. After coming to the United States he attended school in New Jersey and Illinois and graduated from Elmhurst University.



During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of Aviation Chief Radio Technician. Yvon was stationed at various naval communication stations along the coast of California and on the destroyer CROSBY.



Yvon is preceded in death by Jeanette Teresa (Lafaurie) Johnson, his wife for over 60 years. They loved traveling all over the world and spending leisure time with family and friends. His favorite pastime was being a ham radio operator-a hobby he loved since 1937.



In 1951, Yvon began working for the San Francisco Unified School District, first as a teacher, and later as a school administrator, retiring from that position in 1980. After retirement he worked part time as an administrator for the Visiting Nurse Association of San Francisco, the French Hospital in San Francisco and several other medical organizations. He was also Controller for "That Man May See, Inc.", an organization which raises money for medical eye research at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.



After the death of his wife, Jeanette, he moved from San Francisco to Medford to reside at Anna Maria Creekside in Medford, Ore. It was not long until he again volunteered his services, this time doing administration work for the Medford School District and Rogue Valley Medical Center.



He is survived by his son, Anthony Johnson and his daughter-in-law, Marjorie De Lap-Johnson, of Central Point; sister, Elaine Zuber and her husband, Carl, of Bend, Ore.; granddaughters, Barbara Johnson, of Colusa, Calif., and Tracy Timmons, of San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren, Osten and Jenna; step-grandchildren, Jerry and Robert; step- great-grandchildren, Kali, Nick, Tiffany, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Ruth, James, Joshua, Rachel and Sarah; step great-great-grandfather of Dominic. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.



A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., at Anna Maria Creekside in Medford. He will be interred next to his wife, Jeanette, at the Veteran's Cemetery in Eagle Point.