August 15, 1927 – March 17, 2020
Joseph “Harris” Johnson, age 92, of Gilbert, passed away on March 17, 2020. He was born in Chicago, IL on Aug. 15, 1927, the son of the late Joseph and Hilma (Swanson) Johnson. He was united in marriage to Ethel Stensloff on Sept. 11, 1948. Harris was a U.S. Navy veteran and proudly served on the USS Cowpens. He established LeMay Construction in 1960, which was responsible for numerous shopping centers, apartments, condos, and commercial buildings in the Chicagoland area, and retired to Phoenix in 1990.
He enjoyed traveling, boating, cruising and helping his sons with home improvement projects. He took great pride in helping and being with his family. He gave his time to others, such as volunteering for 20 years at the PV Food Bank, playing guitar and performing at local senior citizen centers across the valley with his Hawaiian group.
Harris is survived by his loving spouse of 71 years, Ethel; sons William (Deborah) and Dale (Dana); his grandchildren Ryan (Heather), Brandon (Shelly), Chris (Shannon) and Carrie; and his great-grandchildren Grace, Faithe, Ella, Brody, Scarlett and Greyson. He was preceded in death by son Robert in 1999.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harris’ honor may be made to the Arizona Humane Society.
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April 1, 2020
On behalf of the USS Cowpens (CVL25 & CG63) Veterans Association, we would like to express our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one, and our shipmate. At the USS Cowpens Reunion over Father's Day weekend in Cowpens, South Carolina, your loved one will be remembered at our memorial ceremony of shipmates lost during the past year. Your family and friends have an open invitation to attend each reunion. Further information may be obtained by e-mailing the reunion secretary at email@example.com.Sincerely,Max Barker-Reunion Secretary.