JOHNSON, Gordon Orval

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

Ph: 780.352.5300

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Twp. Rd 260 just east of Sec. Hwy. 822)
Wetaskiwin, Alberta

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Sue Kupp

Sorry to hear about the passing of your father, Rob. Thinking of you and your family during this time. Love, Sue

Neil & Mavis Nelson

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.. Gordon was my older cousin. I did enjoy listening to his stories and visiting with him.

Gordon Johnson

I knew Gordon through his work on the livestock, dairy, chicken, farming. I also knew the family through their children, Christine taught my daughter in school and also through their foster children. They were wonderful, kind,caring people. They will be missed.

James Drolet

I’ve been close friends with the Johnson family for about 45 years. Gordon was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. Much love & condolences to the whole family.

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