Leonard Otto Johnson
- Date Of Death: January 26, 2016
- State: Montana
Leonard O. Johnson, 99, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on January 26, 2016 at the Montana Veteran’s Home. He was born in Fairlawn, Saskatchewan, Canada on July 27, 1916 to Theodore and Nellie Johnson. He had 7 siblings, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. After his Honorable Discharge, Leonard met Mabel Tewes in Sidney, MT. When he saw her, he said “I’m going to marry that gal”, and he did! They married on February 24, 1946 and had 8 children; Jim, John, Mike, Kathy, Pat, Mark and Margie (twins) and Carol. The family grew up outdoors; camping, fishing, skating, sledding, and being together. They were a very close knit family, and still are, but are logistically spread out. After the children were grown and Leonard was retired, Mabel and he traveled together to Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Florida and most of the Pacific Northwest in between Leonard working automotive jobs out of his shop.
Leonard enlisted in the United States Army in Missoula, MT on November 7, 1941. He served as a radar technician and fought in several campaigns including Rome, South France, North France, Rhineland and Central Europe. His medals included the American Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and other various medals of distinction. Leonard was Honorably Discharged on October 11, 1945.
Leonard owned and operated a gas station and cabin court for several years in Sidney, Montana. He then decided to pursue a higher education in mechanics and auto body repair. In 1955, Leonard moved his wife and growing family to Kalispell, Montana. While living in Kalispell, he worked for Korn Buick, Roy Stanley Chevrolet and later on Hank Olson Chevrolet in Whitefish. Leonard was a very dedicated worker and received recognition for his excellent work in both areas. People were amazed with his paint repairs and no one was ever quite able to figure out his ingenious technique.
Leonard was admitted to the Montana Veteran’s Home on October 20, 2015. A month later, Mabel joined him there so that they could continue living together.
He leaves behind his wife Mabel, of 68 years, his 8 children and their spouses; Jim (Bethy) Johnson, John Johnson, Mike (Sonya) Johnson, Kathy Harp, Pat (Keila) Johnson, Margie (Steve) Herman, Mark (Suzanne) Johnson and Carol (Bruce) Kelley. In addition, he has been blessed with 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many new friends he made at the Montana Veteran’s Home.