|Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff|
“Stormin’ Norm” Johnson of Woodinville and of Icelandic heritage, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2011, after a courageous five year battle with cancer and other complications.
He was born December 1930 in Ballard and was a life-long resident of Washington.
Norm is survived by Linda Harms, the love of his life for 42 years; sister, Carolina Watson (Woodinville); Linda’s sister, Sue Harms (Bellevue) and her children, Jenny Jensen and Scott Jensen; nieces and nephews, Debby Johnson (Seattle), Jerilyn (David) Tenesch (Montana), Pamela Wyman (Bothell), Connie (Ken) Brock (Texas), David (Jan) Johnson (Seattle), and Greg (Barbara) Wyman (Alaska).
He was one of four children born to the late Thorsteinn and Katrin Johnson and was preceded in death by his sister, Sigga Wyman; brother, Konrad Johnson and nephew Gary Johnson.
Norm and Linda hosted numerous parties and holidays and enjoyed a very special relationship with everyone in “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” including those who knew him as “Uncle Norm,” namely Joshua (Stephanie) Rutherford, children, Ethan and Hunter and Billie (Dr. Tony) Cube and their children, Mateo and Camille.
Norm had a long and fulfilling career that began in the U.S. Army where he became a supply sergeant, went on to be a grader and equipment operator for Watson Asphalt Paving Co. and Lakeside Industries. He worked on the Alaska Pipeline (Cold Foot Camp), and was the owner and operator for over 25 years of International Grading of Woodinville.
Norm’s hobbies included golf and numerous home improvement projects. He was the one people always turned to when they needed help with a home improvement or other type of project.
Special thanks and appreciation to the staff members at Evergreen Hospital who brightened our lives: Dr. Lonergan, Fred Garland, Jennifer Smithers, Beep-Beep the Candyman; along with Dr. Stephen and Elaine Aprill, Dr. Schneider, Dr. Vossler, Nancy Bartholomew, Dr. Hunter, Dr. Taylor and the radiation staff.
A memorial service was held on October 6, 2011, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kirkland. Memorial contributions in honor of Norm may be made to a charity of your choice or the Cascade Cancer Center, 12303 NE 130th Lane, Suite 120, Kirkland, WA 98034.