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Clarence Edward Johnson, 97, of Longmont, Colo., passed away October 1, 2009 at Hallmark Nursing Center in Denver, Colo.

He was born on April 19, 1912 in a farm house four miles south of Longmont, he was the son of Swedish immigrants, Henry L. Johnson and Jenny Christina Carlson Johnson. He started school at Pleasant View Ridge one-room school, and then graduated from Erie High School on May 26, 1930. On June 9, 1930, his father, Henry, was killed by lightning while irrigating just north of Swede Lake. At 18 and the oldest son, Clarence assumed responsibility for the family farm. He had two older sisters and two younger brothers.

On December 19, 1935, he married Lillian Vickery and moved into the house in which he was born. Together they raised four sons.



He began his farming career at age 10 by helping his father. He also raised rabbits for extra income. At age 17 he drove a school bus. He grew a variety of crops, including grains and prized sugar beets; he raised cattle most of his farming years. He continued to farm in the Erie and Longmont areas until his retirement at age 65.

Mr. Johnson was an active member of First Lutheran Church, Longmont, and prior to this death, was the oldest living member of the original church. He served the church on the original building committee, church board and council, stewardship committee, institutional representative for boy scouts and music ministry. One highlight of his life was touring the Biblical sites in Turkey with his church.



His life-long love for music occupied much of his time. In high school, his striking solo at a Longmont High School assembly caught the attention of his future wife. He sang in the church choir for over 60 years, frequently he sang solos for church, weddings and funerals. In 1948 he became a charter member of the Longmont Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA, Inc.). For many years he sang tenor in the Swedes Quartet, entertaining many audiences with barbershop and spiritual music. For over 20 years, he sang in the Longmont Chorale, performing the difficult opening tenor solos of Handel’s Messiah. He continued to sing into

his 80s.

He was a member of the Boulder County Farm Bureau for 55 years, a group he helped organized. He served on the Erie School board, ten years as a director of the James Ditch Company and three years as a director of the Saint Vrain Left Hand Water District.

He is survived by Betty Jo Johnson (wife of Charles) of Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Gerald Johnson and his wife Lucy of Littleton, Colo.; Stanley Johnson and his wife Nancy of Garland, Texas; Douglas and his wife Ann of Istanbul, Turkey, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Alice and Esther, brothers Norman and Maynard, son Charles and his loving and faithful wife Lillian, who died on April 19, 1999 after 63 years of marriage.

Services were held October 7, 2009 at First Lutheran Church, located at Third Avenue and Terry Street in Longmont, Colo.

A private interment will be held at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to First Lutheran Memorial Fund or Campus Crusade for Christ. Share condolences at http://www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com.

Clarence Edward Johnson, 97, of Longmont, Colo., passed away October 1, 2009 at Hallmark Nursing Center in Denver, Colo.

He was born on April 19, 1912 in a farm house four miles south of Longmont, he was the son of Swedish immigrants, Henry L. Johnson and Jenny Christina Carlson Johnson. He started school at Pleasant View Ridge one-room school, and then graduated from Erie High School on May 26, 1930. On June 9, 1930, his father, Henry, was killed by lightning while irrigating just north of Swede Lake. At 18 and the oldest son, Clarence assumed responsibility for the family farm. He had two older sisters and two younger brothers.

On December 19, 1935, he married Lillian Vickery and moved into the house in which he was born. Together they raised four sons.

He began his farming career at age 10 by helping his father. He also raised rabbits for extra income. At age 17 he drove a school bus. He grew a variety of crops, including grains and prized sugar beets; he raised cattle most of his farming years. He continued to farm in the Erie and Longmont areas until his retirement at age 65.

Mr. Johnson was an active member of First Lutheran Church, Longmont, and prior to this death, was the oldest living member of the original church. He served the church on the original building committee, church board and council, stewardship committee, institutional representative for boy scouts and music ministry. One highlight of his life was touring the Biblical sites in Turkey with his church.

His life-long love for music occupied much of his time. In high school, his striking solo at a Longmont High School assembly caught the attention of his future wife. He sang in the church choir for over 60 years, frequently he sang solos for church, weddings and funerals. In 1948 he became a charter member of the Longmont Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA, Inc.). For many years he sang tenor in the Swedes Quartet, entertaining many audiences with barbershop and spiritual music. For over 20 years, he sang in the Longmont Chorale, performing the difficult opening tenor solos of Handel’s Messiah. He continued to sing into

his 80s.

He was a member of the Boulder County Farm Bureau for 55 years, a group he helped organized. He served on the Erie School board, ten years as a director of the James Ditch Company and three years as a director of the Saint Vrain Left Hand Water District.

He is survived by Betty Jo Johnson (wife of Charles) of Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Gerald Johnson and his wife Lucy of Littleton, Colo.; Stanley Johnson and his wife Nancy of Garland, Texas; Douglas and his wife Ann of Istanbul, Turkey, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Alice and Esther, brothers Norman and Maynard, son Charles and his loving and faithful wife Lillian, who died on April 19, 1999 after 63 years of marriage.

Services were held October 7, 2009 at First Lutheran Church, located at Third Avenue and Terry Street in Longmont, Colo.

A private interment will be held at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to First Lutheran Memorial Fund or Campus Crusade for Christ. Share condolences at http://www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com.

Clarence Edward Johnson, 97, of Longmont, Colo., passed away October 1, 2009 at Hallmark Nursing Center in Denver, Colo.

He was born on April 19, 1912 in a farm house four miles south of Longmont, he was the son of Swedish immigrants, Henry L. Johnson and Jenny Christina Carlson Johnson. He started school at Pleasant View Ridge one-room school, and then graduated from Erie High School on May 26, 1930. On June 9, 1930, his father, Henry, was killed by lightning while irrigating just north of Swede Lake. At 18 and the oldest son, Clarence assumed responsibility for the family farm. He had two older sisters and two younger brothers.

On December 19, 1935, he married Lillian Vickery and moved into the house in which he was born. Together they raised four sons.

He began his farming career at age 10 by helping his father. He also raised rabbits for extra income. At age 17 he drove a school bus. He grew a variety of crops, including grains and prized sugar beets; he raised cattle most of his farming years. He continued to farm in the Erie and Longmont areas until his retirement at age 65.

Mr. Johnson was an active member of First Lutheran Church, Longmont, and prior to this death, was the oldest living member of the original church. He served the church on the original building committee, church board and council, stewardship committee, institutional representative for boy scouts and music ministry. One highlight of his life was touring the Biblical sites in Turkey with his church.

His life-long love for music occupied much of his time. In high school, his striking solo at a Longmont High School assembly caught the attention of his future wife. He sang in the church choir for over 60 years, frequently he sang solos for church, weddings and funerals. In 1948 he became a charter member of the Longmont Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA, Inc.). For many years he sang tenor in the Swedes Quartet, entertaining many audiences with barbershop and spiritual music. For over 20 years, he sang in the Longmont Chorale, performing the difficult opening tenor solos of Handel’s Messiah. He continued to sing into

his 80s.

He was a member of the Boulder County Farm Bureau for 55 years, a group he helped organized. He served on the Erie School board, ten years as a director of the James Ditch Company and three years as a director of the Saint Vrain Left Hand Water District.

He is survived by Betty Jo Johnson (wife of Charles) of Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Gerald Johnson and his wife Lucy of Littleton, Colo.; Stanley Johnson and his wife Nancy of Garland, Texas; Douglas and his wife Ann of Istanbul, Turkey, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Alice and Esther, brothers Norman and Maynard, son Charles and his loving and faithful wife Lillian, who died on April 19, 1999 after 63 years of marriage.

Services were held October 7, 2009 at First Lutheran Church, located at Third Avenue and Terry Street in Longmont, Colo.

A private interment will be held at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to First Lutheran Memorial Fund or Campus Crusade for Christ. Share condolences at http://www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com.

Clarence Edward Johnson, 97, of Longmont, Colo., passed away October 1, 2009 at Hallmark Nursing Center in Denver, Colo.

He was born on April 19, 1912 in a farm house four miles south of Longmont, he was the son of Swedish immigrants, Henry L. Johnson and Jenny Christina Carlson Johnson. He started school at Pleasant View Ridge one-room school, and then graduated from Erie High School on May 26, 1930. On June 9, 1930, his father, Henry, was killed by lightning while irrigating just north of Swede Lake. At 18 and the oldest son, Clarence assumed responsibility for the family farm. He had two older sisters and two younger brothers.

On December 19, 1935, he married Lillian Vickery and moved into the house in which he was born. Together they raised four sons.

He began his farming career at age 10 by helping his father. He also raised rabbits for extra income. At age 17 he drove a school bus. He grew a variety of crops, including grains and prized sugar beets; he raised cattle most of his farming years. He continued to farm in the Erie and Longmont areas until his retirement at age 65.

Mr. Johnson was an active member of First Lutheran Church, Longmont, and prior to this death, was the oldest living member of the original church. He served the church on the original building committee, church board and council, stewardship committee, institutional representative for boy scouts and music ministry. One highlight of his life was touring the Biblical sites in Turkey with his church.

His life-long love for music occupied much of his time. In high school, his striking solo at a Longmont High School assembly caught the attention of his future wife. He sang in the church choir for over 60 years, frequently he sang solos for church, weddings and funerals. In 1948 he became a charter member of the Longmont Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA, Inc.). For many years he sang tenor in the Swedes Quartet, entertaining many audiences with barbershop and spiritual music. For over 20 years, he sang in the Longmont Chorale, performing the difficult opening tenor solos of Handel’s Messiah. He continued to sing into

his 80s.

He was a member of the Boulder County Farm Bureau for 55 years, a group he helped organized. He served on the Erie School board, ten years as a director of the James Ditch Company and three years as a director of the Saint Vrain Left Hand Water District.

He is survived by Betty Jo Johnson (wife of Charles) of Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Gerald Johnson and his wife Lucy of Littleton, Colo.; Stanley Johnson and his wife Nancy of Garland, Texas; Douglas and his wife Ann of Istanbul, Turkey, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Alice and Esther, brothers Norman and Maynard, son Charles and his loving and faithful wife Lillian, who died on April 19, 1999 after 63 years of marriage.

Services were held October 7, 2009 at First Lutheran Church, located at Third Avenue and Terry Street in Longmont, Colo.

A private interment will be held at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to First Lutheran Memorial Fund or Campus Crusade for Christ. Share condolences at http://www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com.

Clarence Edward Johnson, 97, of Longmont, Colo., passed away October 1, 2009 at Hallmark Nursing Center in Denver, Colo.

He was born on April 19, 1912 in a farm house four miles south of Longmont, he was the son of Swedish immigrants, Henry L. Johnson and Jenny Christina Carlson Johnson. He started school at Pleasant View Ridge one-room school, and then graduated from Erie High School on May 26, 1930. On June 9, 1930, his father, Henry, was killed by lightning while irrigating just north of Swede Lake. At 18 and the oldest son, Clarence assumed responsibility for the family farm. He had two older sisters and two younger brothers.

On December 19, 1935, he married Lillian Vickery and moved into the house in which he was born. Together they raised four sons.

He began his farming career at age 10 by helping his father. He also raised rabbits for extra income. At age 17 he drove a school bus. He grew a variety of crops, including grains and prized sugar beets; he raised cattle most of his farming years. He continued to farm in the Erie and Longmont areas until his retirement at age 65.

Mr. Johnson was an active member of First Lutheran Church, Longmont, and prior to this death, was the oldest living member of the original church. He served the church on the original building committee, church board and council, stewardship committee, institutional representative for boy scouts and music ministry. One highlight of his life was touring the Biblical sites in Turkey with his church.

His life-long love for music occupied much of his time. In high school, his striking solo at a Longmont High School assembly caught the attention of his future wife. He sang in the church choir for over 60 years, frequently he sang solos for church, weddings and funerals. In 1948 he became a charter member of the Longmont Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA, Inc.). For many years he sang tenor in the Swedes Quartet, entertaining many audiences with barbershop and spiritual music. For over 20 years, he sang in the Longmont Chorale, performing the difficult opening tenor solos of Handel’s Messiah. He continued to sing into

his 80s.

He was a member of the Boulder County Farm Bureau for 55 years, a group he helped organized. He served on the Erie School board, ten years as a director of the James Ditch Company and three years as a director of the Saint Vrain Left Hand Water District.

He is survived by Betty Jo Johnson (wife of Charles) of Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Gerald Johnson and his wife Lucy of Littleton, Colo.; Stanley Johnson and his wife Nancy of Garland, Texas; Douglas and his wife Ann of Istanbul, Turkey, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Alice and Esther, brothers Norman and Maynard, son Charles and his loving and faithful wife Lillian, who died on April 19, 1999 after 63 years of marriage.

Services were held October 7, 2009 at First Lutheran Church, located at Third Avenue and Terry Street in Longmont, Colo.

A private interment will be held at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to First Lutheran Memorial Fund or Campus Crusade for Christ. Share condolences at http://www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com.

Clarence Edward Johnson, 97, of Longmont, Colo., passed away October 1, 2009 at Hallmark Nursing Center in Denver, Colo.

He was born on April 19, 1912 in a farm house four miles south of Longmont, he was the son of Swedish immigrants, Henry L. Johnson and Jenny Christina Carlson Johnson. He started school at Pleasant View Ridge one-room school, and then graduated from Erie High School on May 26, 1930. On June 9, 1930, his father, Henry, was killed by lightning while irrigating just north of Swede Lake. At 18 and the oldest son, Clarence assumed responsibility for the family farm. He had two older sisters and two younger brothers.

On December 19, 1935, he married Lillian Vickery and moved into the house in which he was born. Together they raised four sons.

He began his farming career at age 10 by helping his father. He also raised rabbits for extra income. At age 17 he drove a school bus. He grew a variety of crops, including grains and prized sugar beets; he raised cattle most of his farming years. He continued to farm in the Erie and Longmont areas until his retirement at age 65.

Mr. Johnson was an active member of First Lutheran Church, Longmont, and prior to this death, was the oldest living member of the original church. He served the church on the original building committee, church board and council, stewardship committee, institutional representative for boy scouts and music ministry. One highlight of his life was touring the Biblical sites in Turkey with his church.

His life-long love for music occupied much of his time. In high school, his striking solo at a Longmont High School assembly caught the attention of his future wife. He sang in the church choir for over 60 years, frequently he sang solos for church, weddings and funerals. In 1948 he became a charter member of the Longmont Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA, Inc.). For many years he sang tenor in the Swedes Quartet, entertaining many audiences with barbershop and spiritual music. For over 20 years, he sang in the Longmont Chorale, performing the difficult opening tenor solos of Handel’s Messiah. He continued to sing into

his 80s.

He was a member of the Boulder County Farm Bureau for 55 years, a group he helped organized. He served on the Erie School board, ten years as a director of the James Ditch Company and three years as a director of the Saint Vrain Left Hand Water District.

He is survived by Betty Jo Johnson (wife of Charles) of Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Gerald Johnson and his wife Lucy of Littleton, Colo.; Stanley Johnson and his wife Nancy of Garland, Texas; Douglas and his wife Ann of Istanbul, Turkey, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Alice and Esther, brothers Norman and Maynard, son Charles and his loving and faithful wife Lillian, who died on April 19, 1999 after 63 years of marriage.

Services were held October 7, 2009 at First Lutheran Church, located at Third Avenue and Terry Street in Longmont, Colo.

A private interment will be held at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to First Lutheran Memorial Fund or Campus Crusade for Christ. Share condolences at http://www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com.


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