September 23, 1929 – August 5, 2019
La Verne R. Johnson, age 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 5, 2019. After several months of declining health he passed away very peacefully at American House with his wife, Doris, by his side
Vern was a life long resident of Holland Charter Township. He served in many capacities throughout the township.
He served in the Army during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge he worked at Hemco Gage for 40 years. Retiring from Hemco he became a Holland Township Trustee, then Supervisor followed by serving on several township boards, having served Holland Township for a total of 50 years, the longest of anyone in the township’s history. He had a special passion for the township and took a great interest in its development.
He and his wife, Dorie, recently became members of Community Reformed Church. They were former member of Beechwood Reformed Church for many years where Vern served as elder, deacon and he loved singing in the choir.
Vern and Dorie often traveled with family and friends enjoying many beautiful areas of the country. He also enjoyed planting his flowers in the Spring.
He was the youngest of 14 children born to John and Jennie Johnson, all who are now deceased. He was also preceded in the death of two daughter-in-laws, Darcey (Ver Hey) Johnson and Alane (Caliguiri) Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, of 67 years. Children-Thomas and Mary Johnson, Wanda and Robert E. McAndrews, Daniel and Teresa Johnson. Grandchildren-Valerie and Matt Lomax, Julie and Spenser Smith… Rob McAndrews, Jillian and Jeremy Mokma, Shawn and Alicia McAndrews…Andrew and Rania Johnson, David Johnson, Claire Johnson and Jonah Johnson. 2 Step Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren and 4 Step Great Grandchildren. Sister-in-laws…Sarah and Dave Rumsey, Ruth Nicolay, plus many nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St. in Holland. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:00am at Community Reformed Church, 10376 Felch St. in Zeeland, officiated by Pastor Greg Ten Brink and Pastor Robert McAndrews. Burial will take place at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Spectrum or Community Reformed Church of Zeeland.
- Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019
August 12, 2019
My Great(est) Uncle Vern! Many weekends spent on the boat and going on trips with you guys while growing up. He was my grandma’s baby brother. Always had a huge smile on his face and was genuinely interested in knowing how I was doing each time he’d see me. I’m sure he’s happy to be with the Lord now and out of pain. Say “hi” to grandma and grandpa for me. Rest In Peace, Uncle Vern. Love, you’re great(est) niece. 💓
Laurie Luke (Van Beek)
August 8, 2019
Wanda and family you have my deepest condolences.
August 7, 2019
So very sorry for your loss! Uncle Vern was one of my favorite uncles; he always had a smile and a hug, and seemed genuinely happy to see you. Sad that he is gone from us, but thankful that he is relieved of his pain and reunited with his parents, brothers and sisters. He will be missed. Praying for God's comfort and strength for Aunt Dorie and the whole family. Love, Michele & Don Hardie