John Wesley (Wes) Johnson

March 30th, 1921 – July 7th, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Wes Johnson, at his home, while tending the rose garden he planted a few months ago for his beloved wife, Rosemary. She preceded him in death by two months and they are now reunited with their son John who died in 1999.

Wes will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters, Bernie, Marilyn (Blain) and Laurie; his grandchildren, Christa (Mike), Rob and Myles (Katrina); and is the much loved Great Papa to Calleigh and Katie. He is also survived by two brothers, Dave and Herb (Ollie); and one sister Ruth. He was peceded in death by two sisters, Fanny and Alice; and two brothers, Ted and Jim.

Wes was a hard working man, always had a beautiful smile and he provided his family with a home built on love, strength and duty. He was a Veteran of WWII, a proud BC Dragoon – the last survivor of his Regiment in Vernon – a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #25 as well as a Whiz Bang member. He spoke very little of the five years he spent overseas. The cottage at Mable Lake brought many years of restful happiness for a hard working man. Fishing, swimming and happy singing around many campfires are precious memories of times spent there. For many years Wes and Rosemary enjoyed travelling to various places in their 5th wheel, taking in the beautiful scenery wherever they went. Over the years they also picked pounds and pounds of huckleberries for pies and jam.

Cremation preceded a Celebration Of Wes’ Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Padre Richard D. Schulz of the Royal Canadian Legion officiating. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room.

As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Wes to the Drs. McMurtry & Baerg Cancer Centre, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5L2 or the B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9.

Funeral arrangements have been made with


5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5


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