It is with sadness that the family of Delbert Johnson announces his passing on December 14th 2013, at the age of 76, after a courageous battle against cancer.
Del was born in Invermere BC on March 31st 1937 to Emil and Margaret Johnson. Del resided on the family farm in Edgewater with his mom, dad and sister Anne until 1958, when he married the love of his life Lil Malberg. Del and Lil celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on November 8th, 2013.
Del and Lil lived in Edgewater where they started their family when Donna was born in January 1961, and Darrell in December of the same year. They moved to Golden in 1965 where Sherry was born in 1967 to complete the family. The family moved to Nicholson in 1973, where Del and Lil have resided ever since.
In Del’s teenage years he worked for a guiding and hunting outfitter. Del then worked various jobs until settling into the forest and trucking industry. He was still working and enjoying it in December 2012.
Del touched many lives through his involvement with the Golden Light Horse Club and as a driving force with the Golden Rodeo . Over the years he volunteered whenever needed with many groups and organizations.
Family was extremely important to Del and he was so proud of his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments. When his great granddaughter Paislee was born in October 2012 he could not have been happier. He had the biggest smile every time he talked about her.
Del was predeceased by his parents Emil and Margaret Johnson and his sister Anne. He leaves behind his wife Lil of 55 years, his children Donna Lawrence (Mark), Darrell Johnson (Wanda), and Sherry Gottler (Rene), his beloved grandchildren Traci (Rob), and Craig, Jordan (Alysha) and Dallas, Larisa and Zara and his great granddaughter Paislee as well as many other family and friends.
A celebration for Del will be held on January 4th 2014 at 2:00pm at the Golden Rec Plex. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Golden Hospital Auxillary. C/0 946 Jacob Road Golden BC V0A 1H2.
The family wishes to thank everyone for all their support.