Where: The Log Pavilion... at Morrison Riverfront Park, Aberdeen, Washington
Harold Grigsby Johnson of Aberdeen passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Riverside Place Assisted Living. He was 93.
A member of the Greatest Generation, Harold was born on Sept. 7, 1923, to John and Thora (Greguson) Johnson in Aberdeen, Wash. He graduated from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen with the Class of 1941. Harold then attended Washington State College for a year prior to joining the United States Navy and serving in World War II with the Amphibious Forces in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. While serving, he attended the Montana School of Mines and was a graduate of the U.S. Navy Midshipmen’s School at Columbia University.
After completing his military service, Harold returned to Washington State College achieving his BA in Arts and Sciences (1948) and his BA in Business Administration (1949). He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
Harold began his professional career with Aberdeen Federal Savings and Loan in 1949. He continued his education during his career graduating from the Savings and Loan School for Executive Development at the University of Washington, and also graduating from the Graduate School of Savings and Loan at Indiana University. Harold also served on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Savings League. After 49 years with Aberdeen Federal/Anchor Bank, Harold retired having served as President and Chairman of the Board.
On Aug. 4, 1951 he married Molly Genevieve (Halverson) Johnson at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Wash. They recently celebrated 65 years of marriage and enjoyed years of world travel, golf, biking, good friends and family.
Harold was civic minded and served Aberdeen and Grays Harbor in many capacities including: Aberdeen School Board (Chairman of the School Board), Aberdeen Active Club (President), Aberdeen United Good Neighbor (General Chairman and Treasury Gifts Chairman), Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce (President), Neighborhood Housing Services (Board Member), Aberdeen YMCA (President of Board of Directors, Century Member, General Chairman for Capital Fund drive), Community Chest Drive (Chairman of the Auditing Committee), Red Cross (Chapter Chairman), and United Way of Grays Harbor (Harbor Stars Leadership and Giving Society).
He was also an active member in Our Saviors Lutheran Church/Amazing Grace Lutheran Church (President), Aberdeen Elks (67 years), Aberdeen Lions Club (62 years, President and Treasurer), Lions Club International (presented the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Service), V.F.W. (70 years), Sons of Norway, Boy Scouts of America (Century Member), Grays Harbor Choker Club (40 years), Grays Harbor Country Club, Touchdowners, and Harbor Eights.
Harold is survived by his son Jeffrey (Juli) Johnson of Bellevue, Wash.; and daughters Janet Silver of Mercer Island and Joan (William) Rabung of Aberdeen, Wash.; four grandchildren: Trevor (Annik) and Tanor Johnson, Molly and Mari Rabung; one great-granddaughter Nora Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Molly Johnson; son Craig Johnson; parents John and Thora Johnson; and brother Frederick Johnson.
Harold will be laid to rest in a private graveside service at Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen, Wash. Memorials in Harold’s name may be made to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Riverside Assisted Living. They all went above and beyond providing unconditional care, love and support for Harold and his family.
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"Best in Twin Harbors"
Last year, the Aberdeen Lions Club won the honor or being the "BEST" Service Organization on the Harbor. I think we are better this year! What do you think? Well, if you think like I do, you will want to show your Lion's Spirit and vote for us! Just click on the metal below, and cast your vote for all of your favorites.
International Presidents Award
Dr. Jim Weyrich has been honored with another top award from L.C.I.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the convention lunchen, Dr. Jim Weyrich received one of the top honors that LCI awards. The International President Yamada issued this metal to be awarded to Dr. Weyrich for his work in the Philippines. EyeCare WeCare Foundation has examined thousands of people on the Missions, and provided them with recycled glasses. Hundreds have had Catarac surgeries due to the Foundation.
But Dr. Weyrich insists that he doesn't deserve it, that there have been many people that have contributed to this endeavor. Without the Lions, the Volunteers, and the many contributors and sponsors, this would still be just an idea, a dream.
This is true, he couldn't do this by himself, but it would not have happened without him. He is the catylist that makes it work.
Congratulations Lion Jim!
3 Grands at the Bishop Center!
May 19, 2017 (Friday) 7:00 PM
Benefit concert for the Aberdeen Lions Club to help serve special needs children & their families. Featuring award-winning blind pianists Mac Potts, Nick Baker & Brent Gjerve and outstanding jazz vocalist, Darcy Schmitt. The three pianists are former students at the Washington State School for the Blind. These accoplished musicians inspire audiences with their personal stories and amazing talent.
Ray Hodge, Aberdeen Lion, named
2016 Daily World Citizen of the Year!
What we do.... We Serve!
We spend our year working and planning projects and fundraisers so that we can enrich our lives by giving back to the community. Paper Recycling, White Canes, Relay for Life and the Toast the Harbor are just some of the things we do, so that we can do this....
Organizations supported by the Aberdeen Lions Club In 2015-16
7th Street Kids
Aberdeen High School - Food Ball
Aberdeen Revitalization Movement
Aberdeen Girls Softball Association
American Cancer Society - Relay for Life
EyeCare WeCare Foundation
Friends of Schaffer Park and Lake Sylvia
Grays Harbor Clothing Bank
Grays Harbor College Foundation Scholarships
Grays Harbor Young Life
Habitat for Humanity
Making a Difference for Grays Harbor Kids
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Project New Hope
S.N.A.P. Student Need Assistance Program
Salvation Army - Food Bank, Christmas Gift Fund, Bell Ringing & Kettle Klash
Union Gospel Mission
YMCA - Strong Kids
Lions Club Organizations supported by the Aberdeen Lions Club In 2015-16
Camp Leo - Diabetic Childrens Camp
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Pacific Foundation for Blind Children
Lions Club International Foundation - Various Disasters
Other local projects supported by the Aberdeen Lions Club In 2015-16
Bicycles from Heaven (over 250 bicycles given to low income children each year)
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.