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Gordon E. Johnson

August 11, 1930 - April 22, 2019


On Monday, April 22, Gordon Johnson passed away at the age of 88. Gordon was born in Salem in 1930 and graduated from Salem High School. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1953, Gordon was drafted and served in the Army for 8 years. In 1956, he married Margaret Grace Aynes, and they raised four sons. Gordon went back to school to earn his Masters Degree in Science Education. He began his teaching career in Jefferson, and retired from Parrish Middle School in 1986.  
At a young age, Gordon learned the art of floral arranging. Over the years, many were fortunate to have him design arrangements for various occasions. In his home he often had center pieces that he created. Gordon enjoyed volunteering at the community green house near his home.  He spent time outdoors anyway he could, whether in his yard, at the coast, or hiking.  
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife Margaret in 2013. He is survived by children Jary (Dorothy), Steven (Kathryn), Terry, Gregg (Tammi) and twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. He was a loving father and grandpa.
No services have been scheduled at this time. 

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Doug and I are still in shock as I assume you boys are. We were talking with him Mon. morning and what was bothering him most  was the fact he wanted more than anything to go to a rehab facility where someone could look  after him and he would not be alone. Gordon was the closest friend Doug had. After Doug and I moved to Salem in 1969, Doug and Gordon were talking and they discovered that both of them were in Basic Training together in Fort Ord, WA.  He was a wonderful neighbor to us for over 50 years and certainly will be missed. 
Our prayers are with you. 
Jane & Doug Kay