February 26, 1941 – July 4, 2014
Terry Johnson, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully at home on Independence Day—setting him free from a 12-year battle with cancer.
Born in Britton, SD to Woodrow G. Johnson (“Woody”) and Rue L. Rhodes (“Gooney”), he was raised in Portland, OR alongside his lifelong friend he called brother, Chip Fischer. He graduated from Parkrose High School where he recently celebrated his 50th class reunion with his high school sweetheart and wife, Anita Kay Johnson. Terry and Anita celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April 2014.
As a young man, Terry followed in his father’s footsteps with a career in trucking. He spent more than 10 years in Clallam Bay, WA building logging roads for Crown Zellerbach. In 1981, Terry moved the family and business to Bend, OR, fulfilling a childhood dream to someday live in Central Oregon, where he hunted and fished as a kid. For the past 11 years he and Anita have lived on “the farm” in Redmond, OR, where he enjoyed his “panoramic view of Highway 97” and could spot anyone he knew passing by.
Terry’s life was filled with everything he had a passion for: classic cars, fishing, guns, cold beer, country music, a quick wit and great friends, Chevys, hunting in Eastern Oregon and Montana, Suduko, his dogs, playing slots at the casino, whiskey on the rocks, a great deal on Craigslist, his ’55 Chevy (a.k.a., “the orange pickup”), riding his Harley, “mechanic-ing,” painting, or welding out in his shop, having a laugh, and Nascar (even before it was cool). If Terry's life was a race, he knew how to take the turns, gain on the straight stretches, and in spite of a few caution laps, cross the finish line a winner.
Preceded in death by his parents and son Vince Johnson, he is survived by his wife Anita Johnson; Vince’s wife Julie and children, Tyler, Nicholas, and Whitney; daughter Tia Cronin and family (husband, John, and children, Dylan, Kealan, Aidan, and Neala); son Reece Johnson and family (wife, Kim, and children Chad and Ashley). A celebration of life will be held at “the farm” at 3:00pm, Saturday, July 26, 2014, for friends and family.