Vienna, NY- George Johnson passed away peacefully at his home on March 08, 2022, at the age of 83. His wife, son, daughters and granddaughter were by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Henny Johnson, his brothers Arthur, Raymond and Kenneth.
He was born January 11,1939 to George and Henny Haggestad Johnson and spent his childhood in Hicksville, New York. George was the youngest of four brothers. On April 2, 1960 George married Fern Tobiasson in the United Methodist Church in Vienna, NY. Ten years later they would purchase the house a mere 100ft across the road from where they wed. George retired at the young age of 70 from the Iron Workers Local Union Number 12.
George’s passions included flying his Cessna 172 out of Becks Grove Airport, attending multiple air shows across the country, riding his Harley, filling up his senior discounted coffee at McDonald’s, traveling frequently to Albuquerque and escorting his bride to different CNY locations every Sabbath afternoon. Prior to retirement he spent his vacation time opening and closing local Seventh Day Adventist seasonal camps, driving the ski boats, challenging friends to a competitive game of horseshoes or golf, mischievous and often late-night rounds of Rook and Liars Dice, searching for Fern at ceramics and climbing numerous mountains in the Adirondack Park.
George is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Fern (Tobiasson) Johnson, his son Karl “Joey” Johnson of Vienna, NY, daughter Lisa (Tom) Aubin of Saranac, NY, and daughter Pam (Don) Mayer of Oswego, NY, Grandchildren; Jessica, Brian, David, Sarah, Dylan, Erika, Trevor and 5 great-grandchildren.
George will be remembered for his amazing ability to navigate numerous highways and alternate routes across the United States decades before GPS. Knowing exact locations along the way for fuel & food options prior to Google; his generous heart; giving airplane rides to anyone; his sense of humor saying “come back when you can’t stay so long” or “let’s be like the trees and leave”; a strict vegetarian yet an overall risk taker flying his plane only a week before a scheduled surgery in early January 2022.
He remains truly beloved in the hearts of so many local friends, his family and is peacefully sleeping, awaiting the return of his Lord & Savior. A Celebration of Life is planned Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Vienna SDA Church on Rt. 13 Vienna at 5pm. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his beloved youth camp in the Adirondacks: Camp Cherokee c/o NY Conference in memory of George Johnson, 4930 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse NY 13215 Vienna, NY-
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