Shelby E. Johnson


Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Kenai resident Shelby E. Johnson died Friday, July 13, 2001, at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 59.

A memorial service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai Eagles. His ashes will be buried in Heavener, Okla., at a later date.

Mr. Johnson was born April 17, 1942, to Otis and Esther Johnson in Heavener. When he was 8, his family moved to Olivehurst, Calif., where he graduated from high school. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1964 serving time in Germany, Holland and Alaska. He moved back to Alaska in 1966 and lived in Anchorage for a few years before moving to Kenai in 1969, where he owned and operated Johnson and Sons Insulation.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed numerous activities, including snowmachining, fishing, hunting, classic cars, good blues music, fine dining, making and collecting fine wines and volunteering and helping many organizations.

He also gave unselfishly of his time and talents to each organization he belonged to. He served as an officer and member of many committees, including president of the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, local chair of Ducks Unlimited, former vice president of the Pioneers of Alaska, former treasurer of the Kenai Eagles, Peninsula Classic Auto Club and the Soldotna Elks.

"(Shelby's) involvement in the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, on the state and local levels, was instrumental to the success of the organization. He was most recently awarded the Alaska State Homebuilders Affiliate of the year," his family said.

"Shelby was a wonderful loving father who was deeply loved by his whole family. We will love and miss you always, Daddy."

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his mother, Esther, in 1984 and his son, Grant Johnson, in 1997.

He is survived by his sons Blaine and Aaron Johnson, both of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law Mica and James Zehnder of Wasilla; grandchildren Ashley and Amy Johnson, Shelby Renae, Alexis Zehnder and Austen Johnson, all of Wasilla; father and stepmother, Otis and Edna Johnson of Olivehurst, Calif.; brothers Paul and Stan Johnson and their families of California; sister, Gail Herman, and her family of California; stepson Kevin Pennison and his daughter, Tori; and many other family members and friends.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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