William Vincent Johnson, 78, passed away Jan. 20, 2012. Survived by his loving wife, Betty Johnson; children, Cid (Bob) Larson, Pam (Brock) Smith and Richard (Katherine) Johnson; grandchildren, Beritt (Colby Cogburn) Odom, Anne Larson and Jake (Brieanna) Johnson: and three great-grandchildren. Born Jan. 6, 1934, in Denver, Colo. to Vincent and Theresa Johnson. He retired from the CF& I as an Electrical and Mechanical Supervisor. His family would like to thank the staff at Forgetmenot Alzheimer's Care Home in Williamsburg, Colo. for all their loving care. At his request, there will be no viewing or service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice West or Bessemer Historic Society/ CF&I Steel Museum through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Betty, Received your note and I thank you for letting me know. It has been difficult to imagine Bill’s illness as when we were “across the street” neighbors, he was always a picture of robust health. The memory of the 3 years we were neighbors are priceless to me. You and Bill were so special to me and when I think of all the good times we had together, I regret we had so few years to share that priceless friendship. Bill is one of those very special people that you never forget once you have had the pleasure of being his friend. Knowing that I will see him again one of these days is comforting. Please pass my best wishes to Cindy, Pam & Richie and I know I do not need to try to tell them what a spectacular father they had.
    Lots of love to you all, Chuck

  2. DEAR JOHNSON’s,
    MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU ALL. BILL ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. MAY YOUR FAITH AND MEMORIES OF HIM HELP YOU IN THE DAYS AHEAD.
    BLESS YOU.

  3. Dear Betty and Family,
    I just learned of Bill’s passing. Please accept my condolences. Bill was a special person. I have fond memories of him. The time I worked at the Belmont Club remains as a special, “good feeling” memory. Bill made that time special. I will remember the time he took to teach me how to wire. I also remember riding in that old truck, as we went to pick up supplies. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. To The family of Bill Johnson,

    I will always remember Bill for is Conversation and some of the great Restaurants that he recommended to me. I worked for Bill at the Wire Mill at CF&I, I remember telling Bill that I maybe leaving the Mill to take a job at the railroad, as I have always had a passion for railroading, Bill shared that passion. He said you have to pursue this, He let me take a 2 week leave from my job at the mill,I was scheduled to undertake 2 weeks of Railroad training in Denver, Bill and I agreed that would give me a little time, to make up my mind if that is what I really wanted to do for a living. I went to Denver and before the first day of training, I called the gentlemen that hired me for the railroad and declined the job. I went back to work at the mill and continued to work for Bill until He retired. I respected him immensely for giving me that opportunity.

    My prayers and Heartfelt sympathy are with all of the family during this time of sadness.

  5. My parents, Chuck and Ruth Lewis and I lived behind Bill, Betty and the kids. What great conversations were held over the backyard fence. And when us boys played ball in the backyard, sooner or later the ball would end up in the Johnson’s backyard, where a large dog named Mike would lie in wait for one of us, who lossed the toss to jump the fence and try and grab the ball before Mike grabbed us. What a great childhood we all had and Bill was a role model to look up to. Right after received my driver’s license, Bill loaned me his brand new hotrod 406 Ford with four on the floor. What ever possessed him to let me drive this rocket is beyond me, but he did. It is a fond childhood memory. The car and I came home in one piece, but it is the last time I drove the car. A lifelong memory. Blessings to you all and RIP Bill. We all loved you very much and you were a very good man. Jim Lewis of the Liberty Lane gang.

  6. Bett,Cindy,Pam and Rich, we are so sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of Bill. Our sincere sympathy, and know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. I will always remember Bill’s laugh. As a kid I think of Bill as one who made life fun. We were blessed. May you know how much your life and family is a blessing to many. Rev. Dr. Mark William Pumphrey

  8. Dear Betty & Family,

    I have so many wonderful memories of Bill and all of you; I will cherish them forever. I am so sorry for your loss and I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you at this very difficult time.

    Love,

    Rita

  9. Where do I start… The picnics at Hy-Pardner Park (The Army Depot), Ophir Creek, San Isabel… the list goes on. The Horseshoe Gang, Tom Beatty, GW, Webster… A formidable group. Red cars and trucks, Fords of course. My Jr.-Sr.Prom – Thanks Pam. We can’t go back, althought there are times I sit wishing for the “good ol’ days”. Betty, Cindy, Pam, Rich… Know that your husband/father was admired and loved. No, we can’t go back, but we do have our memories and mine are all good. Bill Johnson, one of a kind. Know also that my thoughts and prayers are with you now in this moment of grief and loss… and relief.

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