Henry Burl ‘Pete’ Johnson

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Bayfield resident Henry Burl Johnson died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at his home. He was 98.

Known as “Pete,” he was born to Samuel Leonis “Leon” and Carrie Hope Vanmeter Johnson on Aug. 8, 1914, in Bolckow, Andrew County, Mo. He spent his early years in the St. Joseph, Mo., area, graduating from school there.

Mr. Johnson served in the Navy as a Seabee during World War II. He worked throughout the Pacific Theater, including helping to build the airport on Guadalcanal. Mr. Johnson was shot by a sniper during the war.

After the war, he lived in California before moving to Cedaredge. He spent 30 years as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping on the Grand Mesa. He volunteered extensively to the Cedaredge post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

On Oct. 9, 2002, he married Betty Rhodes in Cedaredge. The couple moved to Bayfield in 2006.

Mr. Johnson was active and working in his garden until about two years ago. His stepdaughter-in-law, Phyllis Rhodes, took care of him in his final years.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife of almost five years, Betty Rhodes Johnson.

He is survived by his stepson, Jay Rhodes, of Bayfield; one stepdaughter; two stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-granddaughter.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. 2012, at the Bayfield Lions Hall, 451 Church St. A funeral with military honors will be held in the spring.

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