Earnest Dale Johnson

Born: Sat., Mar. 10, 1934
Died: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Nov. 11, 2017
Location: Stage Stop Inn

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Earnest “Dale” Johnson Our dad, Dale Johnson, 83 years young of Choteau, Montana, passed away in the early hours of Nov. 4th, 2017 at Teton Medical Center in Choteau, Mt. Dad was born in Hinsdale, Mt. to Helen Irene Johnson and Ernest Cyrus Johnson. Dad was a very athletic boy. He excelled at football, track, and wrestling and went on to coach all of these in later years. He always had a soft spot for his teams, especially his wrestlers who he considered his “boys”. He was well known for his quickness and strength. Dad was also very musical and could play most instruments by ear, and could harmonize with anyone. When dad was in 7th or 8th grade he entered the “Major Bowes” Talent Contest which was held in Missoula. Major Bowes was a very famous Radio Show at the time. Dad placed 2nd. Dad played in many bands over the years and he was always up for a good “jam session”. His love of music was passed on to his girls. Dad met Ida Jane Sauke at a dance. They later married and had three daughters. Dad and Mom loved to dance and were very good at it. They would often take “the girls” with them and dad would take turns dancing with each of them. His girls all love to dance…especially with their dad! Dad and Mom divorced in 1986 Dad was in the Navy from 1955 until 1959 on the USS Ajax. He was a Yeoman Class “A”. Dad grew up having to earn his own way and learned to be a “jack of all trades” from farming, milking cows, to digging ditches. He worked construction after the Navy and went to school. He finished his degree in 1967 by taking summer classes. Dad worked at many schools as a teacher, principal, and a coach. He had a big impact on most of his students. He always loved helping kids succeed, especially the underdog. He taught in Greenfield, Power, Fort Shaw, Sun River, Cascade and Choteau. After dad retired from teaching he worked at the Soil Conservation Service office in Choteau. Dad was always in his garage working on a project or trying to finish his house. Dad leaves behind three daughters. Laurie (Brian) Campbell of California, Kim (Herb) Gabel of Billings, Mt. And Toni (Tim) Olds of Cascade, Mt. His brother Marlin of California, a step-sister Janet of Oregon, 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents and brothers Edward and Art. A celebration of Dads life will be held on Saturday Nov. 11th at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau, Mt. at 1:00 p.m. Please join us to raise a glass and tell some stories about our dad. A special thanks to Teton Medical Center for their wonderful care of our dad and who loved him as much as we did. You became our family too! In lieu of flowers please send donations to: BTMC Foundation Dale Johnson Memorial 915 4th St. N.W. Choteau, Mt. 59422 Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Hinsdale, Mt. Condolences can be left on line at: www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com

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Julie Brantley
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
What a shock!
I have sweet memories of your girls with your Dad at a Talent Show at Choteau High School singing -
He knew how fortunate he was to have 3 beautiful daughters ...
He and your mom did a very good job.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know our dad is our first sweetheart -

Mary Jean (MJ) Bivins
   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
What a life you had, friend! I'll always remember the historical discussions we had while on the 8th Grade field trips to Helena. You were a great mentor as well. Your family is so lucky to have such wonderful memories!

Terria & Lyle Arps
   Posted Wed November 08, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss. Dale was a great teacher and we so enjoyed visiting with him. My heart is hurting for you as we just said goodbye to my father on Monday. May God give you a special touch of His peace as you go through saying goodbye.
With love and prayers,
Terria & Lyle Arps

Lindie Gibson
   Posted Wed November 08, 2017
dear family, I lived in Choteau for 7 years in the 70's and knew your dad. I remember him as smart and hard working... I'm sorry for your loss....

Scott C. Milner, CPA
   Posted Thu November 09, 2017
Laurie & Kim I was so sorry to hear about this. I Loved your Dad who was like a second father to me my Senior Year of High School even inviting me to come live with you so we could get in some extra Wrestling Practice.
I will always have fond memories of him Cross Facing me in practice and teaching me that some times the best way to escape a bad situation is to go with it using the momentum to my advantage as opposed to resisting.

Linda Heusel Kolwyck
   Posted Thu November 09, 2017
I remember you all with happy smiles. For no reason at all one or all of you cross my mind from time to time and I smile. Village Inn days and Cascade. Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings to ALL
Linda Heusel Moore Kolwyck

Cary Holmquist
   Posted Fri November 10, 2017
My memories of Dale "Mr. Johnson" go back to 1969 when he was my teacher at Crowe Elementary School near Fort Shaw, Montana. He was an inspirational teacher in so many ways--with an unmatchable enthusiasm for learning and putting learning to good use. I have a small yearbook which he inspired from that year of teaching in that small two-room school, which was also dedicated to him with these words from his students: "This Teacher was One /That did what was to be done. 'Our education was raised, /The ability was praised. /Now this Teacher will be one /Of our most sincere memories." Not only did we learn well that year from him, but he also lead and inspired many other activities that influenced the entire community with a spirit that bonded us. His influence will live on through his mentorship for generations to come. And what an infectious smile! Thank you, Mr. Johnson.

Gary Betcher
   Posted Sat November 11, 2017
The sun seemed a little less bright when I heard that Dale's contagious smile
would no longer shine on us. Please accept our sympathy and know how glad I was that Dale and I could reconnect, at this time in our lives, while playing music together. Dale was always ready for a conversation, whether the topic was the wrestling days of long ago, the unexpected joys of retirement or how much fun it was to play music. Happy trails, Dale.

Henry & Vanette Nagamori
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
Our condolences on your loss.

Henry & Vanette Nagamori

Carla Kelly Higgins
   Posted Sat November 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about Mr. Johnson. He was always one of my favorite teachers. I always loved running into him when I was in town. He will truly be missed by the Choteau community.

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