Former Ripon resident Irving L. Johnson, 87, died at his home in Tucson, Ariz., Monday morning, Feb. 22, 2010.
He was born Sept. 7, 1922 in Alma Center, Wisconsin, to Emil and Agnes Johnson. The family moved to St. Paul, Minn., where he graduated from high school and attended college. He served in the Army Signal Core. He began his career at Dexter in Fairfield, Iowa, and served on the Fairfield City Council for many years. In 1962, the family moved to Ripon, Wisconsin, where he was vice president of purchasing at Speed Queen. A member of Grace Lutheran Church, he served as the church treasurer. In 1972, he accepted a position with Comfort Aire in Jackson, Michigan, and he and Lorraine and Eric moved to Marshall, Mich. Upon his retirement in 1984, he and Lorraine returned to Wisconsin to spend summers and to Green Valley, Ariz., for the winters. They moved to Green Valley full time in 1990.
He and Lorraine celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary Oct. 18, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Tucson; two daughters, Lynne Johnson, Oregon, Wis.; and Chris Ann Scott, Everett, Wash.; two sons, Craig (Pat) Johnson, Rapid City, S. D.; and Eric (Arlene) Johnson, Boise, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy (Sarah), J.P. (Jennifer), Haley, Joel, Ezra, Hannah, David, Rachel, Aidan and Noah; and one great-grandchild, Emily; his sister, Jeanette (Jack) Gibbons, Lakeville, Minn.; a nephew, Paul; and his faithful companion, Abby.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in the Santa Rita Room at the Manor at Midvale, 6250 S. Commerce Court, Tucson.