Gerald “Stubby” Johnson passed into the light on April 28, 2015 surrounded by family due to complications from an extended illness.
Gerald “Stubby” Johnson was born on April 10, 1931 in Greely, Colorado to David and Agnes Johnson. Stubby was the third of five children.
He moved to Orland, California in 1936 and graduated from Orland High School in 1949. He joined the Navy serving a term in Korea and after his Honorable Discharge in 1953 he returned home to Orland.
In 1955 he moved to Vallejo where he worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as an Apprentice Boilermaker. He continued his work there for over 30 years retiring as a General Forman Supervisor in 1986.
Stubby met the love of his life Betty Jo in 1956, the couple eloped and have been by each others side ever since.
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In 1978 Stubby moved his family to “Stubby’s Acre” in Napa, California where the family lives to this day.
Stubby loved his family and friends, he enjoyed many years camping and fishing at Lake Almanor and Eagle Lake. He loved to BBQ and have cook outs, ANYTHING TO DO WITH FAMILY & FOOD TOGETHER! He was loved by all and will be missed by many, but will be forgotten by none.
Stubby was preceded in death by his parents David and Agnes, his brother David and sister Peggy. Stubby is survived by his loving wife of over 58 years Betty Jo; sisters Sophie Reed of Oregon and Edith Moe of Vallejo; daughter Debra Maita (Basil); sons Dennis Johnson (Bonnie), Daniel Johnson (Jane); six grandchildren, Shannon, Jeremy, Stephanie, Steven, Wade and Katie; four great-grandchildren, Courtney, Sierra, Jeremy Jr. and Skylar; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
To honor Stubby, and at his personal request, family and friends are invited to a BBQ potluck to celebrate his Life on June 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at The Napa Valley Memorial Park, 2383 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa, California. In lieu of flowers please bring a dish of your choice or dessert.
Stubby will be laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California.