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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  , Royal Rosarians Foundations or Saint Mark Lutheran Back Pack Buddy Program (790 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR 97301).


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You will be dearly missed. Love, Megan, Dean and the boys (Gendreau). Madawaska, Maine.

Rennie was a great guy and we treasure knowing him. May God bless Doris and all members of his extended family as they live life in his absence.

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all the family and friends.  Praying God wraps each of you in his loving embrace.

My memories of Rennie revolve mostly around his lifelong devotion to his brother Leo, my Father.  These two brothers lived their respective lives separately, but they were never far apart.  My Father's greatest joy was the time he spent with Rennie in the early days of building his business in Vancouver.  They always to supported each other, and no one was happier for Rennie's success in life than his brother Leo.  No one shared that happiness more than Rennie, with his "light up the room, full face," smile that lives on with his Son Craig.  Doris, Nancy and Debbie were lucky to have him in their lives, but if he were here, he would say that he was the lucky one.  We were all lucky to have known and loved Rennie, he lived family.

Thoughts, love and prayers as you celebrate a life well lived. Uncle Rennie was loved by all who knew him and will be missed tremendously. But we will see him again. Blessings from Sonny, Kathy, Ryan, Mindy, Peyton, Logan, Kendall

We would like to tell you how sorry we are for your loss .Glad you all were together at the end and you well have great memories of his life we you God Bless

Doris and family, we will miss seeing Rennie but will keep him in our hearts for always. You two have been such loving examples of a caring couple and also great leaders in the Masonic and Shrine orders. We are here to support and help you with anything you may need. Love, blessings and prayers, Gib and Cris Thonstad 

My Dad called to tell me the news of Rennie's passing yesterday.  Very sad to hear, and the thoughts and prayers of our family are with yours.  I remember meeting your family back in the late 70s at your home off NW 82nd St.  I always admired how your family was growing your business, and working so hard, and always embraced my Dad.  The last time I ran into Rennie (and Doris) was about a year and a half ago during lunch at Beaches.  I'm so glad I went over and said hi, and visited with them for a minute.  They were there with Shriners, a fitting memory.  Rennie was one of the good guys!!!

Our deepest sympathy to Doris and family. May God grant you peace during this very difficult time.

Thinking of you all as you celebrate Rennie's remarkable life.