JOHNSON, Gordon Orval
Gordon Orval Johnson was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta on June 4, 1929 to Lily and Johnnie Johnson. Sister Leona welcomed him. The family lived on several farmsites east of Wetaskiwin. In time Wesley, Glennie, and Lawrence joined the family.
Gordon’s grandfathers were instrumental in the establishment of the New Sweden Mission Church southeast of Wetaskiwin. His father was instrumental in the foundation of the Gwynne Church. The church and church activities were very important to the Johnson family. Gordon accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour at eleven years of age.
Gordon attended Weiler School from grades one to nine. He boarded in town during the week to complete high school. Upon his graduation he attended the University of Alberta graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He used that education in his long career with the Alberta government specializing in poultry.
He met Mahala Bryson when she came to teach at Rosebrier School in the County of Wetaskiwin. They were married on July 14, 1956. They established a home on a working farm east of Wetaskiwin where they raised seven children and were instrumental in the lives of over one hundred foster children.
The family was very active in the New Sweden Mission Church and community activities. Gordon and Mahala were ardent supporters of many missionaries and were active members of the Wetaskiwin Gideon camp. Attendance at Living Springs Bible Camp was an annual event. In fact Gordon was a camper the very first year the camp began. A German university agricultural exchange program brought many girls to work on the farm over the years.
Gordon went to be with his Lord on November 25, 2021. He was predeceased by his brothers, Wesley and Lawrence, his sister, Leona, his wife, Mahala, and two sons, Danny and Philip. He is survived by his children and their families–Christine (Tim) Essington, Savannah, Autumn, and Trent; Rob (Rita) Johnson, Nolan, Lindzy, Jasmine (Christian) De Bruyn, and Shaylyn; Chrystal (Trevor) Comer, Kaitlyn (Michael) Hubert, Aliyah, and Jeri (Keith) Morgan, Pierce; Brad Johnson, Caleb and Nathan; Jennifer Johnson, Paige, Bear, and Terrin; and Darcy (Betty) Nelson, Anna; his sister, Glennie (Robin) Stuart; his brother-in-law, James Mason; and his sister-in-law, Bernice Johnson.
There will be a viewing on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Serenity Funeral Home in Wetaskiwin from 6-8 pm open to the public. The internment will be at 11 am at the cemetery at New Sweden Mission Church open to the public. A private funeral will take place at New Sweden Mission Church on December 4, 2021. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be given to the Gideons or Living Springs Bible Camp.
The family would like to express appreciation to Wetaskiwin Home Care and the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Wetaskiwin Hospital.
Serenity Funeral Service, Wetaskiwin