It is with deep sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great grandfather, Clayton Berger Johnson on January 1, 2015 in Golden B.C. He was born on September 10, 1919 in Beresford, South Dakota to Sigurd and Hildur Johnson, the 3rd of 7 children – 3 boys and 4 girls. He moved to Canada in 1926 – first to Tappen, B.C. then Glacier and finally settling in Canoe B.C. in 1929. Times were hard during the depression and they lived on a small farm and everyone helped with the chores. In the winter they wore homemade wool socks and went barefoot in the summer. Their school lunch was usually a lard sandwich. He finished school in 1933 and was lucky to get a job on the log boom on Shuswap Lake. Later, with his father and brothers they went horse logging up the lake, cutting poles. In 1936 he bought his first car – a 1926 Model T Ford pickup truck for $35.00. He was earning 18 cents an hour and gas cost 35 cents a gallon. In March 1943 he moved to Parson – with his brothers joining him later. First, he worked at the Barite Mine above Parson and then together with his brothers bought a timber sale, horse logged and milled ties for the C.P.R. In 1948 he married Edith McCaull and they raised 5 children, In 1954 he started driving school bus and in between bus runs he built their family home. In 1957 he started working for C.F.I. loading lumber into box cars and later bucking in the bush. In 1979 he retired at the age of 60, He was a handy man – carpenter, gun smith, made small row boats and all car repairs. He showed his sons and grandsons and grandson in-law how to hunt and fish and showed his grandson, David how to make a gun and a boat. He loved the outdoors – hunting, fishing, picking berries and wildflowers, getting firewood and mountain climbing. He climbed Hog Ranch Mountain with his sons a few times and got a few mountain goat. At age 70 he climbed with his grandson, David. When he was 80 he hired a helicopter with his son Lyle and made his last trip to the top of Hog Ranch Mountain. He liked dancing and played the button accordion by ear. He liked reading, western movies and a good hockey game on T.V. In 2011 he and Edie moved into Golden. He moved into Abbeyfield in July 2014 and then Durand Manor in October 2014. He lost his wife, Edith on November 8, 2014 and 2 sons Ron (2010) and Ralph (1970), his parents, brothers, Bert and Mike, sisters, Aina and Dora. He is survived by daughter Jeni (Garry) Brock, sons, Jerrie (Nancy) Johnson and Lyle (Alaina) Johnson – 6 grandchildren, David (Laura) Brock, Cheryl Brock, Tonya (Dean) Udsen, Aaron Nighswander, Gray Johnson and Tori Johnson – 11 great grandchildren, Derek Kofluk, Katie, Kelly and Deverne Brock, Jayde Smith, Talia, Marilea and Rhett Udsen, Somer, Jenna and Tianna Nighswander – sisters, Birgit and Margit, 5 sister in-laws, 2 brother in-laws – numerous nephews, nieces and friends. A memorial service was held on January 10, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Seniors Centre with a tea following. Arrangements, care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home Golden B.C. Cremation.
Moments are fleeting, Memories are permanent.