Wallowa native, James “Mike” Johnson, 69, died October 2, 1988 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. He had been a patient there since May.

He was born September 12, 1919 at Wallowa, the son of Charles and Mabel (Fields) Johnson.

Johnson attended schools in Wallowa, graduating in 1937. He attended Abilene Christian College in Texas for one year. He served in World War II as a flight navigator on a B-29 in the Army Air Corps.

He married Helen Moffit in Wallowa, They divorced. He married Vesta Tippett. They later divorced.

Johnson was a logger and rancher. He moved to Milton-Freewater in 1971 where he worked as a rancher on a farm in Walla Walla until retirement.

Survivors includes sons Terrell, of Alaska, Charles, Lostine, and Mike, Wallowa; one daughter, Chris Cissell, Phoenix, Arizona; one brother, Aldon, Wallowa; sisters, Viola Frazier and Geneva Werst, Enterprise, and LaVern Frazier, Pendleton; and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Jess and Bob.

Graveside services and interment will be held at the Wallowa Cemetery in Wallowa at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 8, with Lonnie Spencer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Main at West 3rd, Enterprise.

Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, October 6, 1988
Contributed by: Sue Wells