Glenn Johnson, 88

Glenn Allen Johnson, died March 21, 2012.

He was born Dec. 18, 1923, on the family farm on Peavy Lake in Hillman,  to Swedish immigrant Axel Johnson and Edna (Oliver) Johnson. He was one of four children who grew up on the farm with his siblings Richard, Stella and Phil. He graduated from Onamia High School and in 1946 enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was fortunate to have been stationed in Alaska at Fort Richardson. After his discharge as a sergeant in 1949,  he drove down the new ALCAN Highway to Hillman in a 1936 Dodge and married Marjorie (Hoskins) March 4, 1950, in Onamia. They made their home on the farm on Peavy Lake and were blessed with eight children, including two sets of twins. He worked hard on the farm, built ricing canoes and worked in the wild rice business and also for a time at Crestliner. He helped start Onamia Marine and Mechanics and later started his own fiberglass fabrication business in Onamia. Both businesses provided a steady supply of toys for his kids from flying saucers to boats. He could build anything using fiberglass including canoes, sleds, a greenhouse for Marge and even a couple dune buggies. The call of the north took him back to Alaska in 1975 where he worked for Alaska Airlines until his retirement. Marge joined him in 1981 and they built a home in Fairbanks doing much of the construction themselves including the cabinetry. While in Alaska, he was able to enjoy many of his hobbies including flying his Cessna airplane, gardening, hunting both waterfowl and big game, taking fishing trips with his grandkids and woodworking. In 2001, he followed Marjorie back to Peavy Lake where they built a retirement home on the lake. Here they enjoyed watching and listening to the birds and squirrels and having family over for meals, especially fish fries.

Glenn is survived by his eight children, Randy of North Pole, Alaska, Bill (Julie), Lee (Debby) and Melba (Norm) Piispanen of Fairbanks, Alaska, Shelby (Lee) Leonard of Dixon, New Mexico and Dale (Nancy), Myra (Ken) Utterson and Lynn (Mark) Crotty of Hillman; grandchildren, Sarah, Daniel, Jessica, Justin, Tyler, Trevor, Aryn, Steven, Alex and Maggie and great-grandchildren, Melea, Siri and Cason.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Marjorie; parents, Axel and Edna Johnson; brothers Richard and Phil and sister Stella.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

 

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