O. Arthur (Art) Johnson
Jan 11, 1922 – Dec 12, 2014
O. Arthur Johnson, D.O.
O. Arthur (Art) Johnson died peacefully at home at the age of 92 on Friday December 12, 2014 in Federal Way, WA. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
He is survived by Dorothy, his loving wife of 67 years; sons Jerry, Tim (Tamme), Jeff (Denise Pirolo) and daughter Bickley (John) Barich; grandchildren Amy (Don) Rose, Miranda (Eric) Lucker, Dana (Rick) Adams, Kenyon Johnson, Jessica (Nick) Havens, Francesca Pirolo, and Cory Johnson; and great-grandchildren Kylie, Rowan and Reid.
Art was preceded in death by his brother Thomas G. Johnson and survived by his sister-in-law Sharon Johnson of Bloomington MN; nephews, David, Dan and Douglas; nieces Dori and Laura, and their families.
Art was born in Deer Creek MN on January 11, 1922 to Arthur F. and Edna L. (Moll) Johnson. After his father’s death in 1933, the family moved to Cloquet MN, where he graduated from Cloquet HS Class of 1939, then to Calumet MN.
The Army drafted Art in 1942 and he was stationed at the University of UT as part of the Army Specialized Training Program before serving in Europe during WWII until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Art received his M.D. and D.O. licenses in 1949 from the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery. Dr. Johnson was in General Practice from 1951 when he opened his first office in Flint, MI until his retirement in 1989 when he closed his offices in West Seattle and Tacoma WA.
Art and his family moved from Michigan to the Seattle area in 1958, then in 1971 to a farmhouse outside of Enumclaw with property above the White River. Art and Dorothy spent many happy years on their country farm where their children and grandkids visited often. They moved into a house in Enumclaw in their later years before making their final move into an assisted living facility in Federal Way.
Art loved snow skiing, hunting, fishing, and field trialing his many Brittany spaniels. He was a member of the American Brittany Club for many years and won dual championships in field and show trials with his top dog Killey. He also owned several horses and was an experienced horseback rider. He loved riding at field trials and with his grandkids on the farm.
Art served as church elder for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Burien and for Calvary Presbyterian Church in Enumclaw for many years. He and Dorothy were vital members of the church community and developed many close friends from their fellowships there.
Committal with military honors will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on Friday January 23 at 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service and reception following at 12:30 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Enumclaw WA.
Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).
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