Walter Lonney Johnson, Sr.

(April 24, 1941 - Dec. 30, 2019)


Walter Lonney Johnson, Sr., 78, died peacefully in his home on Dec. 30, 2019. In the last few months of his life, Walter was consistently surrounded by his beloved children, grandchildren, loving friends, dedicated church family, and caring caregivers as they took turns spending time with him, laughing in earnest and taking care of his needs as nature took its course.

Walt was born on April 24, 1941, in Alameda County, California, and entered the Marines in May 1959 until April 1963. He moved to Powell in 1982 after meeting the love of his life, Dorothy.

He and Dorothy were married on Feb. 26, 1983, and he continuously referred to her as his lovely bride. If anyone knew Walter, they experienced a loyal, dedicated, very generous, compassionate, loving, humorous and fun, religious man. Walter wasn’t satisfied with an interaction until he had the other person laughing (or at least smiling.)

Walt was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Vernon Johnson, mother, Frances May Sandstrom Hunt, stepmother, Doris May Davenport, and beautiful bride, Dorothy Louise Card Johnson.

Walt is survived by his siblings, Jean Johnson of Silver City, New Mexico; Ruth Marie of Poor Clare Nuns of Los Altos Hills, California; Irene and her husband Harry Rock of Walnutport, Pennsylvania; Judy and husband Larry Heavenston of Ripon, California; Gary and his wife Roseanne of Walnutport, Pennsylvania. Walt is also survived by his children: 1. His stepdaughter, Rhonda (Thormahlen) and Peter Duncombe, with their children John David Duncombe and Alicia Louise Duncombe with her fiancé, Glen Eggers; 2. His son Walter Louis Johnson and Jodi (Watkins) and their first son David Louis, married to Kimberly (Barnes), and their children are Tristan, Abiageal, and Amelia Johnson; their second son Jacob Watkin Johnson and wife Margarita (Dorado) Johnson. 3. His daughter Roxana Ruth Johnson and her first daughter, Daniell Linton, with her sons Tyler and Troy; her second daughter Kourtney Marie Johnson with her daughter, Aaliyah Smith; her third daughter Britney Nicole Hanson. 4. His son Walter Lonney (Charley) Johnson, Jr. and his fiancé Rachael Johnson, with his children, who include Tristan Chandler and Jaxson Trevor.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 308 Mountain View Street in Powell, on Feb. 8, 2020, at 2 p.m. Online condolences may be made at