Rennie Wendell Johnson
September 15, 1928 - March 13, 2017
Rennie Wendell Johnson, 88, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, March 13, 2017 from congestive heart failure.
Rennie was born on September 15, 1928 on the farm in Wessington Springs, South Dakota.
He was the son of Ludwig Johnson and Sara Torve Johnson. He had one brother, Leo, who preceded him in death in 2016.
Rennie met his wife Doris at a dance in Springfield, Oregon and they were married on November 25, 1950. They had just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
After high school in Moses Lake, WA. Rennie joined the Air Force and was called to active duty in 1951 where he was stationed at the Early Warning Air Installation at Murphy Dome, Fairbanks, AK.
Over the next few years Rennie owned a Flying A Service Station in Tacoma, worked at Peerless Laundry and in 1963 began his career in the bolt business at Tacoma Screw Products working his way up to manager of the Tide Flats Store. In 1979 Rennie and Doris started and operated Vancouver Bolt and Supply until his retirement in 2003. Rennie served as the president of the Western Fastener Association, giving back to the industry.
Fraternal and philanthropic organizations were important to Rennie. He served as Potentate of Al Kader Shrine in 1999, was knighted as a Royal Rosarian and was a life member of four distinguished lodges in the Masonic Order.
Rennie is survived by his wife Doris, daughter Nancy (Steve) Barradale, son Craig (Diane) Johnson and daughter Debbie (Greg) Ego, eight grandchildren and eleven and one half great grandchildren.
Viewing will be available Friday, March 17, 2017 from 12:00 to 8:00 pm at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem, Oregon.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Saint Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St NE., Salem, Oregon 97301. Private interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 Mt Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086 on Monday March 20, 2017 at 10:00 am.
Remembrances can be made to the Al Kader Transportation Fund to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children http://www.alkadershriners.org/donate/ , Royal Rosarians Foundations http://www.royalrosarians.com/ or Saint Mark Lutheran Back Pack Buddy Program (790 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR 97301).