Obituary: Johnson

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William F. (Bill) Johnson

 April 19, 1929- October 3, 2016


Bill Johnson, 87, of Woodinville, passed away on October 3, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Born in Heppner, Oregon, Bill moved to Seattle at the age of six. He grew up in West Seattle, attending West Seattle High School. He loved the Pacific Northwest, exploring the vast outdoors of Puget Sound, learning to love the sea at an early age.

In April of 1946, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served honorably in various assignments including the USS Erben, USS White River, USS Conquest, and USS Patapsco. Bill received numerous awards and commendations, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer after 24 years of distinguished service which included the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. It was during his naval duty, that he met his beloved wife of 63 years (and WAVE), Jeanne Hurt of Santa Rosa, California.

After his naval career, Bill continued as an engineer, employed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). For the next 43 years, he was an inspector of boiler, pressure vessel, and nuclear power installations. His work took him all over the world to Europe, South America, Africa, Canada, and the Far East. He and Jeanne resided in Japan for extended periods.

The M/V Liberty (Bill’s second love) and boating on Puget Sound completed his zeal as a sailor. Cruising the Sound and islands with family and friends was his joy to behold. Boating memories on the Liberty are numerous and shared by all who knew and loved him.

Bill is survived by his adored and devoted wife, Jeanne; son Bob Johnson (Ellen) of Bremerton; daughter Kathie May (Rob) of Woodinville; brother Dick Johnson (Judi) of Grapeview; and grandchildren Kerry May (Shanda), Collin May, and Laura Johnson.

Bill was much loved and admired by his family and friends. He lived for his wife, family, God, and country.

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