Barney “Buz” Johnson

Barney “Buz” Johnson, 85, of Mountain Home, Ida., passed away August 28, 2016, at St. Luke’s Elmore.


Posted on 9/23/16

No formal services will be held. Cremation is under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, Mountain Home, Ida.

Barney “Buz” Johnson was born in Walhalla, on May 24, 1931. He was very proud of his Icelandic ancestry from both his father and mother. He attended school in Langdon and at Sacramento Junior College. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a Control Tower Operator. He worked as a highway inspector, steel contractor and resort owner. He played basketball in college and for the U.S. Air Force. He had a reputation for being a hard worker and having a positive, infectious attitude.

He loved to reminisce about the adventures he had living in Hope, Ida., with Dorothy, sailing, boating and fishing on Lake Pend Oreille. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend. He will be remembered as always having a smile on his face. He will be especially remembered for his beautiful singing voice and his love of fishing.

Buz, Dad, Grandpa, we will love and miss you forever and are comforted knowing you are singing in the Lord’s choir and sailing on crystal clear blue waters.

Buz is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their combined family: son Jens and his wife, Linda Johnson; step-children Peter and Susan Bennett, Steve, Sue, Sheryl and Shelly Colthorp; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Barney and Mollie Johnson; brothers: Chris, Jens, and Oscar; and sisters: Mary Buckenham, Anne Lewis and Dorothy Lewis.