Sheldon Woodruff Johnson

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Sheldon Woodruff Johnson

Sheldon Woodruff Johnson, at 83 years old, traveled to his Lord on
August 26, 2013 while in Gustavus, Alaska. Sheldon and Billie, his
surviving wife, moved to Sheridan in 1984 from Pensacola, FL. and have
called Big Goose Road home since then. Sheldon was born in Pineville,
LA. where he remained until joining the Navy in 1947. He and Billie
married in 1948, beginning a life of travel and faith, as they raised a
family while career military. Sheldon started in the Navy as an aviation
machinists mate, working his way to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in
Pensacola, FL. where he retired with honor in 1970. While in the Navy he
served on the U.S.S. Hornet, as well as traveling to designated posts
and assignments in Japan, Guam, Arabia, Africa, India, and throughout
the Mediterranean. He embraced career service, as the opportunity to
experience other cultures was his passion. After retiring, he spent his
time building custom dune buggies at his own shop, and learning to fly
through the Navy Flying Club while still in Pensacola. Once relocating
to Sheridan, Sheldon continued enjoying life and the people he met along
the way, while working on the Widener Ranch and spending time flying his
Tripacer. Sheldon was a member of the United Flying Octogenarians and as
such, NEVER turned down a chance to ride the sky and take in the view.
Sheldon's earthly journey was celebrated as he departed Gustavus via
bush plane, against the beautiful mountains and enveloping Alaskan sky.
He is survived by his wife, Billie of Sheridan, WY., son, Bryan (Kay)
Johnson of Winter Haven, FL., daughter, Tama Inge of Gustavus, AK., two
grand-daughters, two great grand-daughters, and sister, Barbara Hennigan
of Milton, FL. Sheldon is preceded in death by his parents, Lem and Ela
Johnson of Pineville, LA. and his brother Nealon Bryan Johnson of
Fairbanks, AK.
Online condolences may be written at
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.