Percy Dale Johnson
Percy Dale Johnson, 97, Anaheim, CA died suddenly at the University of California Irvine Medical Center on March 16, 2019. In spite of his improved health in battling several Cancers, he was looking forward and planning to enter a local Masonic Nursing Home.
Graveside serves will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids, MN on Saturday, May 18, 2019 , 9:00 a.m. and the Shell Masonic Lodge # 184 and the Star of the North Marine Corp League Honors Team. Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids are handling the arrangements.
Percy Dale Johnson, known to all as Dale, was born on May 5, 1921 in the Village of Windom, MN the son of Estella Maxwell Easterly and Ira Wilber Johnson. His young years found him in the Park Rapids, MN area where his parents were tenant farmers and later they retired in the city. In 1941 Dale joined the Merchant Marines and served aboard ships in the Pacific Theatre of WWII. After the War, he married (1945-1970) Maryellen Casey, of East Moline, IL. She had been employed at the Rock Island Arsenal during the war. She bore two children, Gwendalyn (1947) and Dale (1948). Maryellen died, 2005 , Phoenix, AZ. Daughter Gwen died, 1973. His son, Dale Johnson, Jr. is the lone survivor and resides in Phoenix, AZ; is not married and there are no grandchildren. His parents are buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids, MN, ( Ira Johnson , 1955 and Estelle Johnson James, 1968. )
Dale began a career in small farming, breeding and raising hogs in northern CA in the 1950's; then moved to various positions in mechanical engineering including civilian work on Johnston Atoll, Johnston Islands, a Department of Defense program in the South Pacific. He authored two separate textbooks on building maintenance for junior colleges and technical schools. Dale was a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge, Anaheim, CA for over 50 years and worked in popular Shriner Parades for many summers driving one their famous little clown cars. He had a passion for family genealogy and spent many years collecting and documenting the past Maxwell , Reynolds, Easterly, and Boyle families in Great Britain and America.
Dale was the youngest sibling in the Estelle-Ira Johnson family. Three brothers, Martin of Tucson ,AZ; Archie of Grand histories and connections between the Johnson,
Rapids, MN; Theron of Hastings,MN; and a sister Juanita Hansen of Stanwood,IA preceded him in death. In spite of several Cancer threats, a complicated medical history, and WWII Pacific battles , Dale survived to live 97 years, passing away 10 days before his 98th birthday. He always said he wanted to live as long or longer than as his Grandfather, Martin Johnson, who died at the age of 96, surviving four years of the CIVIL WAR; twice captured and escaping.
Nieces and nephews surviving their Uncle Dale are Shirley Hansen Gibb, Duvall,WA; Janice Johnson Fiskum, Plainview, MN; Jareen Johnson Doffing, Hastings, MN; Irvin Johnson, Moorehead, MN;
Sherman Hansen, Elkhart, IN. Nephews preceding Uncle Dale in death are Roger Johnson MN; Keith Johnson,TN; and Jay Johnson,MN.
Appreciation is noted to Dale's very good friends, Sharon and Dana Crockette of Knoxville, TN. Their friendship and attentiveness had been unusually close in the last 25 years as they have loved him as family. They have attended to his care and needs and been compassionate beyond words.
The family and friends of Dale Johnson also wish to show special appreciation to the Masons. Their Brotherhood has been especially attentive to Dale's medical and physical situation. The MASONIC LODGE #207, 303 W. Lincoln Ave. Anaheim, CA 92805 is a most honorable service group and attends not only to the needs of a community but the needs of each faithful brother. Their charity and principal of purpose are greatly appreciated by the Dale Johnson family members. Thank you especially, David Goldstein.
Memorials in the name of Percy Dale Johnson are to be sent to: SHELL MASONIC LODGE # 184, 602 South Main Street, Park Rapids, MN 56470 or MASONIC LODGE # 207, 303 W. Lincoln Ave. Anaheim, CA 92805 so that they may continue their service to mankind.