Bill Johnson, age 89, of Billings, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in the presence of his loving and devoted wife, Eileen, of 63 years.
Bill was born to Christian and Lydia Johnson in Seven Persons, Alberta, Canada, on April 7, 1921. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the European theater during World War II. He married the love of his life, Eileen, on Oct. 26, 1947, in Cut Bank. Bill and Eileen resided for the most part in Billings and Shepherd, where they raised their three children.
In 1946, Bill started his employment in the United States with Carter Oil Company in Cut Bank. In 1949, he transferred to the Carter Oil Company in Billings. In ensuing years, Carter Oil became Humble Oil and eventually Exxon. During his employment, Bill and his family spent time in France and Holland. Bill retired in 1984 in a management position with Exxon.
Throughout his life, Bill was involved in several community organizations. To name a few: Cub Scouts, Billings Saddle Club, Shepherd School Board, Shepherd Lions Club, Elks Club, 4-H Club and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Bill’s passions included GOLF, sports of all kinds, hunting, horse back riding and working on his little farm. Most of all, Bill enjoyed and loved his family and watching them pursue their passions.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Eileen; brother Stan (Fay); son William Alan (Corinne); daughters Susan Zeiler (Ron), and Lori Johnson; grandchildren Christene McDonnell (John), Jennifer Johnson (Brian), Darin Zeiler (Elisa), Kara Connors (Casey), Daniel Johnson (Jenn) and Douglas Johnson (Carrie). Bill was also blessed with 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his granddaughter Darcee Zeiler, parents, four sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at Michelotti- Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. in Billings. Funeral will take place at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shepherd at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Interment will follow at Shepherd Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Bill’s name to Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s Building Fund, P.O. Box 66, Shepherd, MT 59079.
Michelotti-Sawyers is in charge of arrangements and remembrances may be shared with the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.