Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson

May 23, 1947 – January 27, 2022

Bill Johnson, resident of Turlock CA, was born May 23, 1947 in Kankakee IL, raised in Danforth IL, graduate of Gilman High School, Class of 1965, briefly attended Carthage College in Kenosha Wisconsin, before joining the US Air Force in 1966. He served three years, the majority of which were in North Carolina. Prior to discharge he married his hometown sweetheart Marilyn Miller. Upon discharge they established a home and family in Bradley IL. Bill was active in his church and spent many “spare time” hours working various crops in the area. The family grew to three children, Angi and Adam, both residents of Bradley, and April, now of Pasadena CA. Adam and wife Jenny have three sons Alec, Andy, and Aaron.

Bill and Marilyn’s union ended in 1997. In February 1998, he moved to California and June of 1999 married Pam Keally. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area till June 2002, then moving to California’s Central Valley where he remained. He worked as assistant to an Almond Rancher, then retired in October 2010.  Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Syndrome 2 to 3 years later, he remained at home till just 16 days before his death on January 27, 2022.

He was predeceased by his older brother Lane of Aurora CO and survived by his sisters ErmaJo Huck of Rapid City SD and Milli Stetson of Westminster CO, as well as stepsons Shawn Keally of San Leandro CA and Raul Keally of South Lake Tahoe CA

As per his request there will be no Funeral or Memorial Service. Following cremation his ashes will be scattered at Yosemite National Park.

In lieu of flowers please contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association.

7 Comments

  • TRESS PUTNAM February 9, 2022 2:52 am

    Pam,
    I know this has been a hard journey these last few years, but now Bill is back to being “himself” and can rest in peace. May your time ahead be filled with the happy memories you created from your various travels and daily life together for 20+ years.

  • Darlene Jeffreys February 9, 2022 2:56 am

    So sorry for your loss Pam. Bill was a great guy. The both of you had a great life together.

  • Maureen Kelly-Thompson February 9, 2022 5:01 am

    My husband (Ken Thompson) and I will lovingly remember Bill for his kind, loving personality and how he brought great happiness to his wife (and our dear friend), Pam. We always enjoyed his company and lively conversations at the many meals we shared together, especially at our annual New Year’s Day cioppino dinners many years ago. May he Rest In Peace and May his family and friends keep his memory forever in their hearts.

  • Michael February 9, 2022 6:16 am

    Bill and his wife Pam were great customers of mine and he will be missed by many he was a very kind person

    • Pamela Johnson February 11, 2022 2:43 am

      Michael,
      Thank you so very much for your kind words. . . . Pam

  • Linda Trudell February 19, 2022 7:53 pm

    Pam, you know I am here for you. My love is always with you. You have been so fortunate to have found such a wonderful, kind and loving man for a husband for so many years. For over 20+ years you now have so many beautiful memories together and with so many friends to keep in your memory and heart. My message to Bill is he too was fortunate to have you by his side giving him love, attention and companionship. He will always be with you. Love you and please take care of yourself.

  • Genii Drew April 12, 2022 4:45 pm

    I was so sad to hear of Bills passing and I send my condolences … Pam I will always remember my time with the two of you while you diligently volunteered at United Samaritan s helping us to make lunches every week! I always said you were one of my heroes and you still are 💜
    RIP Bill

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