Ken Johnson was born on March 5th, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska to Morris and Francis Johnson. He passed on May 15, 2021, at the age of 91.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jan, his sons, Kevin (Julie) and Doug (Sue); his grandchildren, Brad (Celina), Stephanie, Michael and Brett; and his brother, Vern, sister, Lois and many nieces and nephews.
His family moved to Vashon Island when he was 2 years old. Ken loved Vashon and had many good memories of growing up there. He graduated from high school in 1948, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He joined the Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Seoul until the end of the war. In 1955, he and Jan married. They returned to Vashon in 1960 with their two young sons and Ken opened Island Appliance Store. He was a salesman at heart and enjoyed having his own store.
After 15 years, he sold the store to a good friend and then worked in real estate. Ken learned to fly and bought a Cessna plane with his brother. After he sold the plane, he bought his first boat. He loved boating and the family took many trips with boating friends. Ken made many friends throughout his life.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor and how he helped his family and many friends. Although physically diminished in his final days, his spirit and kindness continued. If you wish, donations may be made to the Philanthropy Office at Frank Toby Jones, 5340 North Bristol Street, Tacoma, WA 98407 where Ken was given excellent care.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Ken on October 1st at the Browns Point Improvement Club, starting at 1:00 p.m. Everyone who reads this is invited. The address is 201 Ton A Wan Da Ave. N.E. Tacoma, WA 98422.