Kenneth E. Johnson
Columbia Falls, Montana
Kenneth E. Johnson, 88, passed away Aug. 19, 2013, at the Montana State Veterans Home where he had resided for the last two and a half years.
Born on Feb. 2, 1925, to John and Mary Edna (Munson) Johnson, Ken grew up in Parker's Lake, Minn., with his big brother "Roy." He attended school in Wayzata, Minn., where he lettered in football and was active in student government.
In 1943, at the University of Illinois, he was enrolled in the Navy V-12 program and graduated as an ensign and electrical engineer. In 1946 he was assigned to the USS SKAGIT (AKA 105) and was a post-war member of the Naval Reserves and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Ken married Myra Safford (whom he met at U of I) on Feb. 15, 1948, in Farmington, Ill. They settled in Long Lake, Minn., and later in Sedalia, Colo., with their five children.
Ken designed the Presbyterian church in Sedalia and was a church elder. As an electrical engineer, he specialized in circuit board design and early day computers. Several years were spent on their orchard in Bigfork, before moving to Superior.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Myra, and brother Roy. Survivors include sons, Steve and Gloria, and Bruce and Lynn; sisters, Karen, Adrienne and George, and Melissa and Dana; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls. Services will follow at 5 p.m., at the mortuary. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in Parker's Lake.