Terry Neal Johnson better known as Grandpa by the family, a lifelong resident of Moscow, Idaho, passed away on October 17th unexpectedly in Coeur d’ Alene Idaho at the age of 80.
Grandpa is survived by his wife Patti of 58 years of Moscow, son Tony Johnson (Kim Johnson) of Moscow, granddaughter Ariel (Johnson) Jenkinson (Matt Jenkinson) of Boise and grandson Jacob Johnson of Moscow. He was preceded in death by his father Paul Johnson, his mother Gilberta (Coonley) Johnson and his brother Francis Johnson.
Terry Neal Johnson was born on April 11th, 1938 in Moscow Idaho to Paul and Gilberta Johnson. Grandpa was a lifelong heavy equipment operator and truck driver, retiring from Poe Asphalt at the age of 54 after he decided ‘he would rather drive that nice new motorhome than that noisy truck.’ His family will remember him for his excellent supervision skills of most the activities they were doing, his love of technology, traveling and being with his family. Grandpa never met a stranger, was quick lend a hand, had a great sense of humor and never held a grudge.
Grandpa loved horsepower and big motors. He had the latest and greatest of whatever vehicle he owned. At the age of 78, Grandpa hopped onto his Grandson’s sport bike and zipped around town, a common test ride activity that took place with every new motorized vehicle in the family. He would never let an opportunity go by that involved horsepower and speed.
He was accomplished at problem solving and loved tearing things apart to see how it worked, then putting it back together. His motto was ‘why would you pay someone to fix it if you could fix it yourself?’ He was passionate about having the newest technology and was the proud owner of one of the first calculators and VCRs in Latah County, often running circles around his grandchildren in the technology world. He enjoyed being a part of Northwest Travelers, FMCA and Teamsters and loved to ride his bicycle and motorcycle if the weather was just right.
A private burial will take place in the Moscow Cemetery at a later date.
The family would like to thank Moscow EMT, MedStar/Life Flight and all the staff and doctors at Gritman Medical Center Emergency Department and Kootenai Health CCU Unit for their quick response time and care. We would also like to thank our extended family and friends for their prayers, thoughts and support.
We will see you in heaven Grandpa.