Edward Johnson, a long time resident of Gardena, California passed away at the age of 93 on Friday, February 08, 2008 in Gardena. Ed was born in 1914 at a homestead near Antelope, Montana where he was raised along with his brothers Fred Jr. and Charles, half- brothers Elmer and Walfred Melquist and a half-sister Alice Melquist. Ed graduated from Plentywood High School in 1931 in a class of 31 students. During the depression years, Ed worked the harvest fields from Kansas to North Dakota, with the WPA on the spillway for the Fort Peck Dam in Montana and with the CCC in Glacier National Park, Montana. In 1941 Ed was drafted into U.S. Army, seeing combat with 161st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in Guadalcanal and the Northern Solomon's. After WWII, Ed returned to Montana working in the Sugar Beet Industry until 1947 when he moved to Gardena, California. Ed married a girl name Emelia Albertina Gabrielson of Westby, Montana in 1948 while he was working for Purche Studebaker in Gardena. Ed retired from the American Pipe & Construction Company in South Gate as a Cage Machine Operator in 1977. Ed was a lifetime member of the Gardena Elks Lodge #1919, VFW Post #3261 and the American Legion Post #187. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Gardena. Tom Brokaw wrote about Ed's generation describing it as the "Last Great Generation". Ed's generation was molded and tempered by the Depression and Word War II. His is a generation to be honored by succeeding generations for their devotion, sacrifice, compassion, and integrity for one another. Ed loved visiting with family and friends. He was a man of faith and compassion. It was a privilege to have witnessed first hand his simple, but profound and consistent faith, his willingness to forgive others, and embrace people with his unpretentious wonder and love of their lives. Having no children of his own, he gained an adopted family of 4 daughters, 3 sons, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by his wife Emelia, his mother Ida, his father Fred Sr., his brother Charles, and half-brothers Elmer and Walfred Melquist, and half-sister Alice Melquist Redmond. Ed is survived by his brother Fred Jr. who resides in Camarillo, California five nieces and five nephews along with numerous grand nieces and grand nephews. Viewing will be at McMillan McCormick Mortuary, 1016th West 164th Street, Gardena, California on Friday, February, 15th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be at St. John's Lutheran Church, 14517 South Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena, California on Saturday, February 16th at 10:00AM. Burial will be at Roosevelt Memorial Park, 18255 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, California on Saturday, February 16th following funeral services.

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  1. I will greatly miss Great Uncle Ed, he was always a joy in my family’s life. My mother Hazel(Melquist)Nelson will also miss him alot as he was so much like her father.

  2. My family & I have fond memories of Ed during our stay in California. His spirit and Christlikeness was a witness to both the young and old. He will be missed! And as we grieve may each of us find comfort in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Love Cherryl Perez, Alexander, Aurora & Auston Lopez

  3. I have known Ed for all my life. He was friends with our family. My Granmother and Millie were best friends. Not a kinder man existed. I will miss him.

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