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Vance Johnson

April 15, 2011

Burial Date: April 22, 2011

Funeral Home Baker, MT

Family Greeting Friends and Relatives: Friday, Chapel of Stevenson Funeral Home, Baker, MT

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    A Time of Remembrance for Vance Alan Johnson, 51 of Helena, MT will be held on Friday, April 22, 2011 with the family greeting friends and relatives from 2:00 – 4:00 p. m. in the Chapel of Stevenson Funeral Home, Baker, MT, with a short informal program beginning at 2:00 p. m. A Funeral Service will be held at a later date in Helena with Interment at Fort Harrison Veteran?s Cemetery in Helena, MT. Vance passed away Friday, April 15, 2011 in Faribault County, MN as a result of a motor vehicle crashVance Alan Johnson was born May 22, 1959 in Miles City, MT the son of Llewell and Betty (Hufford) Johnson. He grew up and attended school in Baker, MT, enrolling in ROTC and graduating in 1977. Vance attended Montana State University in Bozeman, MT graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering and technology, which began his career in the Air Force. Vance and Kathy Wheeler were united in marriage in Bozeman and lived in Oklahoma and Ohio, while serving in the Air Force. To this union two children were born, Terri Elizabeth and Alan Richard. Vance had obtained the rank of Captain in the Air force and had served doing research and testing on the different materials used in the making of the planes and the space shuttle. Due to his disability and leaving the Air Force, the family returned to Montana and settled in Helena. Kathy and Vance later divorced. Terri and Alan were an important part of his life and he enjoyed sharing in their lives and interests, which included the sports of bowling and tennis. He helped the area farmers in Helena and Great Falls during seeding and harvest season along with traveling back to Baker to help the folks on the farm. He was active in the bowling community and took the kids and their bowling teams all over the states on tournaments and other outings. Vance and the kids traveled throughout the states enjoying the sites and the history of our country. Vance enjoyed white water rafting, all types of dancing and socializing with his friends and he was always up for a friendly game of pinochle. Vance is survived by his daughter, Terri Elizabeth Johnson and son, Alan Richard Johnson both of Helena, MT, parents; Llewell and Betty Johnson, Baker, MT; brothers, Keith and Craig Johnson , Baker, MT,; sisters, Vicki Johnson, Bozeman, MT, Janice Johnson, Jefferson, LA, and Linda (Dean) Hepperle, Dickinson, ND, numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Robert and Lupie Thornson, Stevensville, MT and Shay Isacson, Helena, MT, to mention a few. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Llewell Sr. and Theresa Johnson and John Pearl and Susan Hufford.

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