Kenneth Lorne Johnson

March 5, 1951 ~ August 22, 2022

It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our beloved Kenneth Lorne Johnson of Invermere on August 22, 2022 at the age of 71. 

Ken passed away at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, surrounded by his loving family after a brief but valiant battle with leukemia.

Ken was predeceased by his parents Lorne and Doreen Johnson, brother-in-law Roy Green, nephew Kevin Green, and great nephew Jayden Jefferson. They all greeted him at his new “campsite”.

Ken was born in Fernie, BC, on March 5, 1951, the youngest son of Lorne and Doreen. In the fall of 1960, the Johnson family moved from Jaffray where Ken spent his youth on their small farm, to the property in Windermere. He grew up in the lumbering/logging business when his love of nature began.

Ken was an avid and talented outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting and camping, especially at his favourite location at White Swan Lake. Ken loved to bring a smile to his friends’ faces when he would show up to give them the catch of the day. He was also an experienced storyteller. Friends and family enjoyed hearing his stories from his career as a faller, including any mishaps in the bush! These stories were only rivaled by the laughter of the game that got away, or when he had to rescue someone who thought they knew how to hunt! His true gift to his family is the knowledge he shared of the great outdoors, that legacy will continue.

Ken is survived by his wife Patricia Johnson, daughters Denise (Greg) Riding, Cherie Lumsden and partner Dave, his brother Darrel (Marg) Johnson, sister Rose, and grandchildren Courtney Riding and Riley Lumsden. He was also blessed to have many nieces and nephews (including the next generation) who kept him entertained his last seven weeks in Kamloops.

The family would like to send a special heartfelt thank you to Kim Green for her extra attention to the medical details, and hours spent caring for “Uncle”, he truly was never alone.

Ken requested we spread his ashes at his favourite camping site, a private family gathering will honour those wishes at a later date.

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