Obituary for Benjamin Johnson
Born September 21, 1953, on a naval base in Key West, Florida, Ben was the first of 6 children God blessed Robert Maurice (Bob) and Patricia Ruth (Pat) Johnson (Olson) with. Ben’s father, Bob was stationed there in the Navy.
After being discharged, they moved back home to Minnesota for a short stint and then to Alaska, where Ben began his schooling (he loved reading and was a very avid reader throughout his life) and gained his love for the outdoors. He loved camping, fishing, and hunting - from birds to big game.
His family moved to Boise, ID shortly after “The big Good Friday Quake in Anchorage” in 1964, where he lived out his life.
Growing up in Boise, Ben was very close with his father, who was his baseball coach and Boy Scout leader. Ben enjoyed playing baseball, was active in Boy Scouts, and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.
Ben was very independent and after graduating high school (Boise High - Class of 1971) went hitch-hiking across the US by himself before he shipped off to the Army. He was stationed in Washington DC for a while before leaving for Germany where he completed his commitment.
For the most part he enjoyed his time in the Army because it gave him the opportunity to travel around Europe. While in the Army, he developed a penchant for photography, which resurfaced again later in his life around the time his grandkids started arriving.
He met his bride (of 41 years) Lynette Henderson in Boise. They were married after a short courtship and after 7 years were blessed with a lovely little girl, Audrey Grace. Audrey is now happily married (Mark Mansfield) and blessed him with 3 grandchildren, who lovingly gave him the name Oompa. (Kylee (14), Karis (11), and Benton (5). Eight years later they were blessed with a son, Oliver Henry (Ollie).
As a young adult, Ben decided to give back to the world from his love of bird hunting. He hatched and raised pheasants to release to the wild in return for all the years he enjoyed hunting.
Ben’s two favorite holidays were Christmas and 4th of July. He took after his mother in the gift giving department and was always very thoughtful and personal in his gift selection. He loved the 4th of July, simply for the pyrotechnics!
One of the characteristics Ben is most remembered for his steadfast loyalty and joy of being with his family. I don’t think he ever missed one of his kid’s baseball games and introduced them all to the outdoors.
Ben was also known for his ability to get conversation going...he would make a controversial statement and then step back and watch the games begin! This made for many interesting conversations at family holiday gatherings.
In the end, he came to be known as the toughest man any of us ever will know. With his long illness, came much pain, but he soldiered on, never complaining.
Ben was surrounded by his loving family as he passed into the arms of Jesus.
Ben leaves behind his wife, Lynette; his children: Oliver Henry Johnson, Audrey Grace and husband Mark Mansfield; and 3 grandchildren (Kylee (14), Karis (11), and Benton (5). M He is also survived by
three siblings: Kermit Robert Johnson and wife Sarah, Brenda Joy Jensen and husband Rod, and Jill Diane Johnson; along with numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Summers Funeral Homes, 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.summersfuneral.com.