July 17, 1949 — Jan. 12, 2019
Dennis Richard Johnson passed away peacefully at the Hospice Care Center. He was born July 17, 1949, in Olympia, to Arthur and Wilma (Harmer) Johnson.
Denny graduated in 1967 from Tenino High School. He joined the Army in 1969, serving in Korea and the states before being discharged in 1971. He returned to work for Weyerhaeuser retiring from the Woods Maintenance Department in 2004. He was known as “Swede” to his work buddies.
Denny started Quality Gear Inc., in 1982. Through his business he met many people who remained a part of his life. The business will still operate thanks to two very loyal and honest employees, Brent and Jim.
Denny loved to travel, sometimes more than his wife, Paulette. They went on many cruises with Denny making arrangements for the next cruise before he got off the ship or as soon as he got home.
He enjoyed the sunshine in Palm Springs and traveled there with friends. He could not pick a favorite trip as he loved them all.
In addition to his wife, Paulette, Denny leaves behind two sons and their spouses, Dusty and Courtney Johnson and granddaughter Cora of Clarkston, Wash, Brian and Denise Johnson and “granddog” Goblin of Seattle; two sisters, Christine and Tom Spengler of Tumwater, Wash., and Cindy and Steve in Olympia, Wash.; three stepchildren, Jill Gillogly, Dennis Gillogly and his daughter, Veronica, and Ron and Paulette Gillogly and their children, Alexis and Calvin. His cat Detroit is really missing him.
Denny was diagnosed with Bile Duct cancer in 2017. It’s ironic that it came on strong and unknown while he was on an adventure in Europe. It was an 18 month battle that he fought til he could fight no more.
We owe our gratitude to Dr. Liss of OHSU and to the Vancouver Clinic chemo group. You are all wonderful. He cared about each and every one of you. Thanks to our neighbors and friends who came to visit Denny. He loved the visits. Thanks to Hospice for the end of life care. It was a remarkable time with all of you.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Hospice Care Center or a charity of choice.
Denny planned a lot of his celebration. He wants to buy one last meal for his friends. That means all you Wheeler Dealers that he met throughout his life as well as every body else who considered him a friend.
A celebration of Denny’s life is planned for 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Cowlitz County Expo Center at the fairgrounds in the Loowit Room. Lunch will be served.