Life’s work well done
Gone but not forgotten
Never will your memory fade
Our loved one sleeps.
Allen Keith Johnson was born April 12, 1960, to Helmer & Stella Johnson of Deadwood, AB. Allen was raised on the family farm, second oldest in a family of 4 boys. He went to school in Manning and stayed active in sports. At a young age, he was out in the bush with his brothers, hunting and exploring. His younger brother Darrel remembers encounters with bear cubs (which Allen swung a saw at), moose being loaded alone, crude handmade shelters and homemade guns. Allen even lost a finger, resulting in the lifelong nickname Ajax, when his hand got in the way of a swinging axe.
He worked as a grain buyer for Cargill in Taylor BC before getting transferred to Fairview. He soon met and fell in love with Kelly Walker and her young son Michael. Allen and Kelly were (finally) married in August of 1999. After suffering a back injury while working for Cargill Allen worked different jobs in Fairview. Driving truck & Fertilizer/ Chemical Sprayer Operator for Lochhead Fertilizer. While working for Lochhead’s, in the off-season he got his Heavy Duty Mechanic ticket, and his Journeyman Welder tickets at Fairview College. He also drove truck for Ponto Water Hauling, Fred Pohr and for Basnett Oilfield. He would always give a hand to anyone who needed help while he was home on time off.
Over the years Allen’s hobbies included sports and all things outdoors. White water canoeing, kayaking, camping and hunting were some of his greatest joys. He liked a glass of good scotch and a soak in the hot tub. Mike fondly remembers sleeping outside in the dead of winter to test their new sleeping bags, fishing trips, and floor hockey in the basement before bed. In later years when Allen wasn’t working or out in the great outdoors, he’d be in his garage woodworking and enjoyed creating small pieces of furniture for family and friends.
Allen was a hard-working gentle giant of a man who enjoyed being outside with nature. He was a man of few words but was full of love for his family. He liked to share secret fishing holes only with those he trusted to keep the spot quiet and respect it as he did. Allen was a committed husband, father, son, and friend, and will be deeply missed.
Allen was predeceased by his Father Helmer, and grandparents Steve & Mary Ewachewsky and Henry and Lena Johnson. Allen is survived by his wife Kelly Johnson, son Mike, (Sheena), granddaughters Maddyx & Levyn, Mother Stella, brothers Bernard (Shelly), Darrel (Val), and William as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.
Cremated and interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Allen's honour to the Alzheimer’s Society of AB & NWT – #306, 10430 61 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T6H 2J3, or online.
Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and the staff at Fairview Long Term Care for loving & caring for Allen during his illness.
Thank you to Kristi and staff at Peace Valley Funeral Home for the compassionate care helping us with Allen’s final arrangements.
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