Lilburn E. J. Johnson

June 13, 1920September 3, 2013

Lilburn E. “Johnie” Johnson, 93, passed away September 3, 2013, in Spokane, WA.

Johnie was born June 13, 1920, at the farm near Flaxton, ND to Bert and Gilma Granrud Johnson, the third of seven children. He left home as a young teenager, working at several jobs until he joined the U.S. Army in 1940. He served in Alaska and Europe, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He met his future wife, Doris Winn, in Seattle, WA in 1943. They married in Oklahoma on March 5, 1944. He worked in construction and then as a heavy-duty mechanic until he retired in 1982. He has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1952.

Johnie is survived by his wife of 69 years, Doris; son, Dale (Jean) Johnson; daughter, Karen (David) Clark; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth (Shirley) Johnson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013, from 2 to 5 PM at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St., Spokane. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 3 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4704 North Wall Street, Spokane, WA 99205. Johnie will be interred at Spokane Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Day Out for the Blind of Spokane, PO Box 7593, Spokane, WA 99207-0410.


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lilburn E. J. Johnson

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The Masiello Family

September 16, 2013

I saw Johnie right after his fall that day. I recognized his hat and went across the street, before his daughter arrived. He was smiling and sitting in a chair being tended to by many. He was a good neighbor and walked by our house every time he took a walk. If he saw us, we chatted over the fence. For a long time we shared the bounty of found cans :-) He gave us the tabs so we could give them to the Ronald McDonald House and we gave him the cans for his church. We will miss him so much as a friend and neighbor and will keep his wife in our prayers.

September 6, 2013

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Lilburn Johnson for your loss, to honor his service (WWII) to our country and our patriotic hero.