Obituary of Lloyd Kenneth Johnson
Lloyd Kenneth Johnson
(May 7, 1936 - October 5, 2019)
Lloyd Kenneth Johnson was on born May 7, 1936 in Bawlf, Alberta to Magnus and Judith Johnson. The family moved to Camp Wainwright in the late 1930’s where Magnus helped build the army barracks for WWII. They moved to Camrose in about 1942 where Lloyd lived until he graduated from Camrose Lutheran College in 1954. He went to work as a technician at CFCW at the age of 19 years where he assisted in the radio station start up and even got to be on air a few times. He worked in central Alberta and the Yukon Territory as an Air Traffic Controller before attending SAIT in Calgary. In February 1958 Lloyd began his 26 year career with AGT in Edmonton and married Lilas in May of the same year. Lloyd met Lilas at a bus stop at the corner of 79 Street and 82 Ave in Edmonton the year before.
Their first home was in Allendale Trailer Park where Global Television now sits. They moved several times before building their home in Lendrum in 1962. A few of his hobbies were old cars and tinkering with anything mechanical. During the 1960’s Lloyd restored his 1930 Model A Ford Coupe, driving it out of the garage on Mothers Day 1967. They raised four kids, were heavily involved with the Lendrum Community League, Calvary Lutheran Church, the Edmonton Antique Car Club, Hastings Lake Lutheran Bible Camp, and many of our school activities.
The family spent many weekends and summer holidays camping, going to the farm, the Black Cat Guest Ranch, the family cabin and car club events. There were countless visits with friends and family that most often resulted in the Johnson family being one of the last to leave.
After he retired from AGT in 1984, they moved to Camrose where he worked for Augustana for 12 years. In retirement, Lloyd was involved with the Camrose Museum and 30 years with the Reynolds Museum where he earned his Steam Operators Licence. In 1989, Lloyd and Lilas went to Norway where they visited his dad’s birthplace in Lillehammer as well as meet extended family he had connected with a few years earlier.
Lloyd enjoyed watching the family grow as the kids married and the grandkids and great grandkids came along, his favorite time spent was with family and friends.
Lloyd was a Gideon and a founding member of Resurrection Lutheran Brethren Church which he was so proud to see completed and dedicated in May 2018. Lloyd and Lilas also celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary that same year.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lilas; his four children Darryl (Judy), Bryan (Vina), Laurie (Jerry), and Jackie (Glenn); fourteen grandchildren Karyn (Mike), Stephanie (Chris), Chris, Joelle (Cam), Layton, Lynea, Mitchell, Spencer, Sean (Myrna), Ryan (Heather), Kyle, Ben, Tom (Nadine), and Emily; and twelve great-grandchildren Taylor, Brooklyn, Rylie, Carter, Morgan, Darryn, Macy, Aubrey, Kassidy, Frances, Jasper, and Teagan. He was predeceased by his Dad Magnus, his mother Judith, and his sister Sonja.
A Funeral Service was held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2019 from the Resurrection Lutheran Church with Rev. Greg Rokos officiating. Interment has taken place in the Camrose Cemetery.
If family and friends desire, memorial donations are gratefully accepted to The Resurrection Lutheran Church Building Fund (Camrose, AB) or Hastings Lake Lutheran Bible Camp.