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Steven Andrew Johnson

 

Steven Andrew Johnson passed away on April 26, 2018, at home in Goldendale. He was born on November 25, 1978, in Vancouver, Washington.

He attended kindergarten in Vancouver and moved to Springfield, Oregon, in 1985, with his father Steve and his younger brother Brandon. They lived in Springfield until July of 1988 when they moved to Goldendale, where Steve was born and raised, to be closer to family.

Steven completed the remainder of his schooling in Goldendale, graduating from GHS in 1997. During his school years, Steven enjoyed wrestling, playing saxophone in both the regular band and the jazz band and cruising around town in his little yellow Volkswagen Beetle.

Before health issues prevented him from doing so, Steven worked a variety of jobs in and around our community. He worked at Les Schwab as a tire stud installer, Biggs Truck Stop as a fuel attendant and tire repair man, Klickitat County Title Company as a title clerk and typist, the Goldendale Energy Plant as a night watchman, and Red Apple Market as a cashier, among others. He also owned and operated his own landscaping and yard maintenance company for a time. No matter what the job was, or how hard the work was, Steven always put everything he had into it. He was an extremely hard worker, and always gave every job his all.

In his spare time, Steven enjoyed a variety of hobbies. He really enjoyed talking long distances on his high powered CB radio, sometimes reaching signals to the other side of the world and conversing with people from other countries. He took a lot of pride in working on his small yard and caring for the trees and shrubs that he had planted there. He was very artistic and applied these skills to all sorts of everyday items, making ordinary things personal and beautiful.

He was a great lover of music, from all genres, but especially of classic and '80s rock. Steven was constantly learning new things, and made it his mission to teach himself whatever he was interested in at the time, whether it was a new language, the ever-changing rules of NFL football, or wiring in surround sound systems for the whole house.

Steven loved his family and was always thinking of them. He called them on an almost daily basis to make sure they knew what birthdays were coming up, when their favorite football teams were playing, or when a favorite show or movie was airing. He always wanted to make sure that they were all informed of important family events, so that no one ever got left out. Those phone calls will be greatly missed.

Steven was proceeded in death by his grandfathers, Enos Johnson and Fred Reeves; Grandmothers Rose Johnson and Margie Reeves; and uncles Freeman Johnson and Richard Harvey. He is survived by his father, Steve Johnson and wife Lanae; Brother Brandon Johnson and wife Brooke; his niece Natalie Johnson; and many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday May 26, at 2 pm at the New Grange Hall in Goldendale.

 

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