March 4, 2020 — Arland James Johnson, aka “Ace,” passed peacefully to join his family in heaven in the early evening on Friday, Feb.28, 2020.
His parents, Lila and Louis Johnson, preceded him in death, as did brothers Clifford, Adolph, Henry, Duane and Don; and sisters Ruby, Arleta and Arlene.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; a sister, Gladys Bookout; and many nieces and nephews.
Arland was born in Salem, Ore., on Nov. 26, 1935. He lost his mother following the birth of the triplets; Arlene, Arleta and Arland.
The family home was in Fernwood, Ore., where Arland attended the first two grades of school. The family later moved to Florence, Ore., where Arland finished his schooling by graduating from Siuslaw High School.
In 1963, he met his wife, Rosalie, and they married Nov. 9 of that year and spent 56 years together.
Arland served in the military for two years; was a salesman for his brother at Western Lane Furniture; worked as service manager at Fox Chevrolet in Florence; was the shop foreman for Armstrong Buick in Gladstone; and, in 1980, began his own business, Ace Johnson Auto Sales, outside of Oregon City.
Hunting, fishing and music were his loves. He sang bass in the Master’s Four Gospel Quartet and also with the Gladstone Gleeman.
He was a gentle giant; his quick wit, warm smile, positive spirit and strong hand grip remained with him to the end — and they were ever ready for all.
Arland never met a stranger. He loved the Lord and enjoyed quality time with his extended family.
There will never be another like him.
A funeral service will be held in Florence at Cross Road Assembly of God Church, 1380 10th St., on Saturday March 7, beginning at 11 a.m., with sweet treats following.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.