The Rev. Eldon H. Johnson, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. His longtime home on Chautauqua Lake at 3639 Lind N Johnson Lane, Bemus Point, was very special to him and the perfect place to spend his final days.
A native of Rockford, Ill., he was born March 31, 1927, the son of Hjelmer and Myrtle Hallquist Johnson.
After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II.
The Rev. Eldon H. Johnson
He furthered his education graduating from North Park Junior College, Augustana College and North Park Theological Seminary.
Following ordination by the Evangelical Covenant Church, he served as associate pastor of First Covenant Church, Rockford, Ill., and then pastor of Pilgrim Covenant Church, Fitchburg, Mass. The majority of his pastoral ministry was devoted to Zion Covenant Church in Jamestown, where he served that congregation from 1961- 1992, retiring as pastor emeritus. He was chaplain at Camp Mission Meadows for several years, and following retirement preached at Camp Chautauqua during summers as well as area churches as requested.
He was an active community member volunteering on the boards of Jamestown Urban Renewal and Covenant Manor. He was also involved for many years with the Great Lakes Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
An avid sportsman, he was a member of the YMCA and enjoyed golfing, racquetball and badminton. Music was also a big part of his life. He was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and shared it with people through singing solos and as a member of choir and quartets.
Surviving are his wife the former Rosemary Lundeen, whom he married Sept. 27, 1952; two sons: Bruce (Nancy) Johnson and Gregory (Grace) Johnson, both of Jamestown; eight grandchildren: Seth (Cindy) Johnson of Olean, Anneli Johnson of China, and Cael, Asa, Thaddeus, Tage, Kiah and Abigail Johnson, all of Jamestown; and two great-grandsons: Landon and Micah Johnson.
He was preceded in death by twin granddaughters: Sarah and Linnea Johnson; and an aunt, Gunhild Hallquist, to whom he was especially close.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Zion Covenant Church. The Rev. Rick Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the Lind Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service Sunday in the church.
Memorials may be made to Zion Covenant Church, 520 Fairmount Avenue, Jamestown, NY 14701, Camp Mission Meadows, 5201 East Lake Road, P.O. Box 42. Dewittville, NY 14728 or New Day Charities P.O. Box 311671, New Braunfels, TX 78131- 1671 attn: Doug Bush.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Eldon at www.lindfuneralhome.com.