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April 28, 2003 5:43 am

Orland (Skip) Johnson

Written by Tribune Staff

(March 28, 1936 - April 26, 2003)

Graveside services with military honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 2 in the Bearcreek, Mont., Cemetery for Orland (Skip) Johnson of Powell who died Saturday, April 26 at Deaconess Billings Clinic. He was 67.

He was born March 28, 1936, in Grand Junction, Colo., son of Orlande and Margaret Hughes Johnson. A veteran of four years service in the U.S. Navy, he served aboard an oil tanker during the Korean War.

On Jan. 9, 1962, he married Christine (Tienie) McDonald in Red Lodge, Mont. The couple lived and worked in Riverton for years, then moved to South Dakota where he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 10 years. In retirement, they settled in Powell.

He was artistic and an accomplished woodworker. He was an avid golfer, his favorite hobby. His family wish for him is: May the golf courses in heaven be green every day - with no water hazards.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Johnson of Powell; four daughters, Tammy (David) Shanks of Shepherd, Mont., Lori Johnson of Billings, Deanna (Duane) Johnson of Billings, and Linda (Ed) Johnson of Powell; two half-brothers, Jerry and Clyde Johnson of Riverton; his step-father, Stan Hamilton of Riverton; and eight grandchildren, Danielle, Brian, Heather, Justin, Misty, Tina, Savannah and Phillip; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orlande and Margaret Johnson; and his step-mother, Dorothy Johnson.