Arnold George Johnson
February 1941 – December 2020
Arnold George Johnson passed away at home the morning of December 15, 2020 at the age of 79. He was the only child of Esther and Arnold Johnson. George met his wife, Judy Rebik, at Turlock High School and they married July 29, 1962. Next July 29, 2021 would have been their 60th anniversary. He was a loving and faithful husband who always supported his wife with home, church and work activities. George loved his family, made time available to participate in their activities and was proud of their accomplishments.
RV trips to the Oregon/California Coasts were a special memory as were family RV trips to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. A family cruise to Bermuda and Eastern Caribbean to celebrate George and Judy’s 50th anniversary and graduations of grandchildren were a highlight.
George graduated from THS in 1959, attended MJC and took advanced training at General Motors Training Center for his work as an auto mechanic. He worked at Wenell and Bonander Pontiac. He operated a Mobil Oil 24-hr. Service Station with his father-in-law Charley Rebik. He owned J & R Auto Specialty Shop in Turlock from 1962 to 1978 and had the 3-A towing service in Turlock for 5 ½ yrs. After working for Denis RV for about a year he changed his vocation. In 1980, with training through the California State Auto Assoc. Mgmt. Development Program, he started a 24-year career with California State Auto Association until retirement in March 2004.
In younger years he was an active member at Calvary Baptist Church and served on various boards and committees such as Church Chairman and Chr. of Calvary Building A Vision Steering Committee for building the Ministry Center. Earlier years found him singing in the choir and at times a Men’s Quartet. Other Boards included the Missionary Gospel Fellowship and the Northern California Baptist Convention (now PacWest) Overseer Board.
Past years George was very active in Turlock Kiwanis Club serving as president twice and as treasurer for a number of years. He enjoyed the fellowship and helping with the various projects. Other community activities included serving on the Board of Turlock Chamber of Commerce, Turlock High School and Stanislaus County ROP Industrial Arts Advisory Committees, volunteering for Emanuel Medical Center Meals on Wheels, Past Vice President of Turlock Swim Club and Past Board member for The Heart of Turlock Auto Repair ministry.
George was preceded in death by his parents Arnold L. Johnson and Esther A. Johnson. He is survived by his wife Judy, son Brent (Lupe) Johnson, granddaughter Melinda (Mark) Anderson, grandson Jake (Carly) Johnson and granddaughter Sofia Johnson. He also leaves great grandchildren Charley Anderson and Regan Anderson.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Calvary Baptist Church building fund.
Funeral service on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 10:30am at Calvary Baptist Church, Turlock. Burial to follow at Turlock Memorial Park.