Charles Johnson Jr.


Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

Kake resident Charles "Topsy" Skon Johnson Jr., 75, died March 4, 2006, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

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He was born Dec. 4, 1930, to Charles and Annie Johnson in the village of Kake. Although he lived and worked in Juneau for many years, Kake was his home, and he resided there during the beginning and end of his life.

He attended school in Sitka at Sheldon Jackson. He was a lifetime member of the Salvation Army Church and trained to be an officer during his early years.

Topsy enjoyed fishing, traveling, reading and meeting and talking with friends and family members. In recent years, he enjoyed researching Tlingit history, particularly as it related to his family and the village of Kake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ernest, Calvin and Kelvin Johnson; and two sisters, Martha Johnson and Stella Martin.

He is survived by three sisters, Flora (Tom) Huntington of Juneau, Augusta (Chuck) Connelly of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Katie Davis of Kake; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also a special "Papashawn" to Edna Jackson, Georgie Reese, Tinker Williams, Kaylene Bean and Marilyn Aceveda, all of Kake.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the Salvation Army Church in Juneau. A second memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on March 14 in Kake. Funeral services will be held in Kake at 1 p.m. on March 15.

Honorarypall bearers will be Lonnie Anderson Sr., Coronell Bean, Max Brown, Wesley Brown, Wilbur Brown, Tom Huntington, Clarence Jackson, Ken Jackson, Marvin Kadake, Pat Pennoyer, Steven Pennoyer, Jessie Reese, Ben Steele, Jim Steele, Josh (K'anaheik) Steele, Robert Steele and Gary Williams.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Kake Senior Center, the Kake Boys and Girls Club and/or the Salvation Army of Kake.

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