Lenard L Johnson

11 Nov 1924 - 15 Nov 2001

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11 Nov 1924 - 15 Nov 2001
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Lenard L Johnson (Memoirs given by Vilda Johnson Oyler at Lenard L Johnson’s funeral on November 24, 2001 in Rexburg, Idaho.) Lenard L Johnson was born 11 November 1924 at Hibbard, Madison Co., Idaho. He died November 15 2001 in his sleep in Nipoma, California at the age of 77. I quote from Mother
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Lenard L Johnson

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312 Cemetery Rd
Rexburg, Madison, Idaho
United States

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Lenard L Johnson (Memoirs given by Vilda Johnson Oyler at Lenard L Johnson’s funeral on November 24, 2001 in Rexburg, Idaho.)

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Lenard L Johnson (Memoirs given by Vilda Johnson Oyler at Lenard L Johnson’s funeral on November 24, 2001 in Rexburg, Idaho.) Lenard L Johnson was born 11 November 1924 at Hibbard, Madison Co., Idaho. He died November 15 2001 in his sleep in Nipoma, California at the age of 77. I quote from Mother’s life history which she wrote: “on the 11th of November, Armistice Day, another sweet little boy was born to us. He was so dark and tiny that Dr. Rich said he was no larger than a brush rabbit, and he asked me if I wanted to keep him. He weighed a little over 5 lbs. And we named him Lenard L. Myrtle Hinckley took care of me and the children and did the housework.” After Roy got laid off work around Christmas, Bill, Myrtle, Mother, Roy and myself used to go to the dances. One night, I wrapped Lenard in his shawls and laid him on the bench by Mother. An old friend of Mother’s – and she was a large woman – came up to talk to Mother and flopped down on Lenard before Mother could warn her. We thought he was mashed for a few minutes, but he didn’t get hurt.” “Lenard was blessed in Hibbard and that was a very cold winter and lots of snow.” Mother often told of it being so cold when Lenard was born that they just put him in the middle of the bed and covered him up with quilts to keep him warm. As a young boy Lenard did the irrigating with the help of Toots and Vilda while the older boys did other jobs at home and worked for neighbors. Lenard was 12 years old when his father died. Lenard was too small to carry the canvass dam and shovel to dam off the water in the ditches – so Lenard would carry the dam on his shoulder by one end and Vilda would carry the other end and Toots would come along dragging the shovel as it was too heavy and awkward for her to carry. Lenard liked dogs and always had one or more dogs. Lenard was a hard worker and a fast worker. Hr could thin and top sugar beets with the fastest. When Stant and Perry were in the Service during WW II Harvey and Lenard did the farming. In the prime of his life, Lenard was very thin, tall, dark and handsome. He always had a lot of friends – male and female. Lenard never married but was always interested in the activities of his nieces and nephews and enjoyed getting pictures of them. Lenard always thought a lot of Neldon and I’m sure he did his other siblings’ companions. Lenard was very meticulous in his appearance and belongings. He did not like even a wrinkle in his shirt. He kept things clean and in order. One time Lenard and Aunt Hazel were out doing chores. Aunt Hazel had put a pitchfork close by a fence so she could reach it when she went to the other side of the fence. While she was going around the fence, Lenard came along ans saw the fork out of place and put it away. In his later life he had a salvage yard where he had parts of cars and farm machinery. There he kept things sorted and neatly piled as long as he was able and he knew just where things were. Lenard always tried to do what he was told – For example: as a boy he was carrying the coal oil lantern to the house from the barn after doing chores and Dad said, “Throw out the lantern”, so Lenard tossed it out into the weeds!! Dad meant for him to lift the glass shield and shake the light out. Another time Mother was putting new mantels on a lantern. These are very fragile things and break easily. Lenard reached up and touched a mantle and it broke – so Mother disgustedly said. Now, break the other one!” So he did!!! Lenard was a big tease also and this sometimes got him in trouble. Lenard liked Western and Hawaiian music. I was just learning shorthand in school and he wanted me to take down the songs he liked from the radio – of course, it was impossible for me at that time. Lenard was a good basketball player and pole vaulter. He loved to fish and hunt. One time he and Gene Strepy went hunting up by the river above our home and they each came back with a big goose and were so proud of their kill. When Mother saw the geese she told them that they were tame geese. We did not know anyone around with geese. We guessed that someone’s geese had come down on the river to swim and eat. Anyway, when they flew in the air the boys shot them. If the game warden had of caught them they would have been in deep trouble. Gene had to ride his bicycle from Hibbard clear into Rexburg where they lived at the time, so he put his goose in a gunnysack and rode on home. As I said, Lenard was very meticulous. When he bought his first bicycle he kept it clean and shiny. He built a little garage for it from old bricks salvaged from a house that had burned. His cars were clean and well kept. He wouldn’t allow anyone to smoke in his car. He always had a good appetite and told Mother she ruined her pies by cutting them because he liked them in the round. Lenard did not like farming and he went into the trucking business. He raised seed potatoes and trucked them for several years in Star Valley, Wyoming. He had several huge trucks and hauled hay for individuals and businesses in Mud Lake-Terreton, Idaho area. I would go to Mud Lake and spend a day about once a week and keep up his books. Mother and my oldest daughter, GayDawn, who was a baby at the time, would ride out with me and visit. Lenard was willing to help everyone. He moved my family from Rexburg to Orem, Utah using one of his big trucks and driver at his expense. But, Lenard trusted everyone. He never had any written agreements or contracts although we cautioned him to do so – so when times got tough and the people didn’t pay him he couldn’t pay his helpers and lost everything, several different times. During his trucking years he also invested in a silver mine somewhere in Montana on a friend’s word – it turned out to be a scam. After his trucking business he went to California and worked in the construction business with some friends. He was proud of the homes he helped design and build. When we would visit him, he loved to take us on tours to see some of the projects he had helped build. After he went to California he was always going to come back to Idaho to live. He came back for short visits twice that I know of but never stayed. Just last year when we visited him he talked of winding up his business there and coming back to Idaho. When Lenard was a young man and was talking with some friends on a street in Rexburg, someone came up behind him and knocked him in the back of the knee, but caught him sideways. His knee and leg swelled up and hurt for some time. The doctor said his kneecap had been knocked off and let the fluid out. Years later, his back bothered him so much. He was X-rayed and told that his spine was curved and his one leg that had been injured was a little shorter than the other one. He wore a lift in his shoe to help correct it. But always had a terrible back pain and wore a wide corset-like leather belt a lot to help alleviate the pain. In his later life he suffered with back pain, arthritis, diabetes and was almost completely blind when he died. He was to have cataracts removed from his eyes. They told him he would need at least five operations. He had one operation just shortly before his death, and never lived for the second operation which was to be the day before Thanksgiving. Lenard loved to roller skate, ice skate, and dance. He even danced on roller skates and ice skates. In fact, he said when he died he wanted his casket to be put in the middle of the gym and have a big dance around it. Well, Lenard’s surviving siblings are not able to do much dancing any more – but he is finally home and has a final resting place in Idaho. I’m sure Lenard and his Mother and Father are well pleased with his send off. We loved him and will cherish our memories of him -

Life timeline of Lenard L Johnson

1924
Lenard L Johnson was born on 11 Nov 1924
Lenard L Johnson was 15 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Lenard L Johnson was 21 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
Lenard L Johnson was 28 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Lenard L Johnson was 45 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
Lenard L Johnson was 48 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
Lenard L Johnson was 65 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
Lenard L Johnson was 69 years old when The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.
Lenard L Johnson died on 15 Nov 2001 at the age of 77
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