JOHNSON, Ray

Ray Johnson Obit

November 22, 1931 - to Sept. 3, 2022

On September 3, 2022, the Lord called Raymond Edgar Johnson to his heavenly home. Ray was born November 22, 1931 at Valhalla, BC. He was the eldest son of Edgar & Kathleen Johnson. He had one brother Len (Joyce) Johnson and one sister Connie (Ray) Tippe. When Ray was in Grade 4, he and May were in the same class photo! His teen years were filled with adventure operating boats between Vancouver and Victoria, working in sawmills and helping his dad build a house. He was an avid horseback rider. Ray & May were married in March of 1952 and bought their first home in Haney, BC. Ray worked in a grocery store as a butcher and they also welcomed their first two children, Larry and Susan. Later, Ray got a job as a heavy duty mechanic with Finning Tractor, and they moved to Burnaby, B.C. Cindy was born there and shortly after Ray was transferred to Prince George, B.C. It was during their time in Prince George that they began attending church and both came to know the Lord as their personal Savior. It was here that they heard L.E. Maxwell speak and express a need for a diesel mechanic at Prairie Bible Institute. Ray & May felt the call of God to serve Him at Prairie, and put their home up for sale. In the 2 years it took for their house to sell, twins Grace & Gordon, were born. At 3 months Gordon went to be with Jesus during surgery. Then 16 months after the twins were born, they welcomed Carol into their home. When Carol was 2 months old they moved to PBI where they served on staff for 17 years. Daughter Marianne was born in 1969, and through a very traumatic birth was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Ray & May and family and numerous volunteers were involved in Marianne’s therapy which included a program called “patterning” from a clinic in Philadelphia. During those years at PBI, Ray also served on the Operations Executive Committee at PBI as well as the Fire Chief. He served as bus driver for several tour groups as well. After leaving Prairie, Ray and May purchased Gulf (Petro Canada) Bulk Fuels, and Larry joined them. In 1986 they purchased the Food Cellar grocery store. This was operated as a full service family business for 10 years. Ray’s retirement years were filled with spending time with family, volunteering at church and various organizations, working for farmers, driving school bus, and working at Koch Fuels. Ray will be lovingly remembered by his children, Larry (Bev) Johnson, Susan Pedersen, Cindy (Dan) Doerksen, Grace (Henry) Wiens, Carol (Elroy) Koch and Marianne Johnson. His 18 grandchildren Gordon (Anna Marie) Johnson & Randy (Jen) Johnson; Jodi (Kenton) Poelzer, Jon Pedersen, Tami (Bob) Poley, Sheri (Dylan) Russell, David (Emily) Pedersen; Bryan (Samara) Doerksen, Kim Neufeld, Leigh Doerksen, Raeanne (Mark) Blair; Melissa (Jared) Van Otterloo, Kevin (Magen) Wiens, Mike (Alisha) Wiens, Jenna (Kyle) Knelsen; Pam (Taylor) Armstrong, Allison (Brandon) Knelsen, Jesse (Mackenzie) Koch. His 52 great grandchildren Kelsey, Vanessa, Zane, Kylie, Amber, Carson, Logan, Devin, Ellie, Luke, Jane, Barrett, Mackinley, Abigail, Madilyn, Bridget, Lillian, Ben, Nate, Raffi, Rio, Katya, Bexley, Jett, Iylee, Quinn, Grady, Jonas, Madex, Lennox, Lucas, Ryder, Danny, Nathan, Ainsley, Ezra, Judah, Henry, Felix, Theo, Parker, Emery, Adileigh, Brynlee, Maverick, Blakely, Mattias, Jade, Lena, Elsie, Atlas & Frankie and other relatives and countless friends. Raymond was predeceased by his parents, Edgar & Kathleen Johnson, his wife of 68 years, May, and infant son, Gordon James, brother Len Johnson, brothers-in-law Len Roadhouse, Ray Tippe and sister Connie Tippe. We look forward with the sure hope of seeing Raymond again in heaven. 1se14p