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Wesley Richard Johnson

July 4, 1920-Sept. 16, 2013


Wesley Richard JohnsonWesley Richard Johnson, beloved father, grandfather, hero and friend, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at his home in Hubbard, Oregon.

Wes was born in White Bear, Minnesota on July 4, 1920 and grew up on a farm in Moose Lake, Minnesota. He valiantly served in the 2nd division of the U.S. Marine Corps as Corporal machine gunner during World War II from 1941-1945 in Tarawa, Tinian, Saipan, and Guadalcanal and was decorated with a purple heart. Wes worked as a photographer, streetcar driver, landscaper, and photography store manager in Minneapolis and California. He and his wife, Eileen, who passed away in 2007, managed motels in Klamath Falls and Tigard, Oregon. Their loving hospitality and graciousness were known to many travelers. Wes was an avid fisherman and talented craftsman.

Wes is survived by his stepchildren: Dwight Raikoglo, Ann Booth, Colleen Foster and Tammy Carasco; grandchildren: Angela Bergman, Melissa Selvester, Michalyne Carter, Lorea Olsen, JoAnna and Victoria Booth, and Aaron and Byron Carasco; great-grandchildren: Kevin and Cole Olsen, Mary and Little Mac Carter, Josie Selvester and Jake Bergman.

Wes was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Remembrances to Providence Hospice and Disabled American Veterans.

Graveside service held 12 p.m. on Sept. 19, Aurora Cemetery on Oak Lane NE. Reception to follow at Christ Lutheran Church, 15029 2nd St. NE in Aurora.