Perry Edward Johnson, 78 of The Dalles, OR died peacefully October 31, 2015 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Ore., after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his precious Patty, wife of 38 years, 2 sons, Jon and Donald, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, a niece and nephew and his two beloved sidekicks, Jake and Colette "Squirt.” His parents, Fred and Sallie Johnson preceded him in death as did his brother, Walter.
Perry was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada June 18, 1937 to Fred and Sallie Johnson. His younger years were spent in the Peace River area of Alberta, Canada. All of his grade and high school years were spent attending various academies in the United States. He was proud of his status of a naturalized US citizen.
Perry attended Howard University in Washington, DC for training in radiology and laboratory sciences and then worked at Hadley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC.
He learned to fly during his time with the Civil Air Patrol. Just after he enlisted, the Korean War ended so he never saw active duty.
After his retirement, he wanted to give something back to the community so he developed The Dalles Taxi, LLC. During the time he owned and operated the taxi he met many interesting riders and formed many friendships.
Everything Perry started he did with passion and dedication, always concerned for the welfare of his friends and those he met. He never met a stranger. One of his passions and hobbies was mining for gold. True to his nature he went whole hog. He wasn't satisfied with just panning for gold. No, he built an entire gold mining operation, complete with trammel, backhoe, water pump, fire hose, gold wheels. It was a caravan of fun headed for the area around Baker City to find his fortune...gold.
In addition, he loved his dogs, flying, auto racing and was always on the hunt for some technology that was better, faster and usually more expensive.
He will be missed by his family, friends and puppies. Services were held at Calvary Baptist Church with interment at the I.O.O.F. Threemile Cemetery.
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