Willard ‘Carl’ Johanson

Carl Johanson was born in Gresham, Oregon, on January 24, 1938. He lived on the family farm in Boring, Oregon, until 1946, when his family moved and settled in Warrenton.

Carl graduated from Warrenton High School in 1956. Later the same year, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country for four years. During his time in the military, Carl spent 15 months in Japan.

After leaving the service, Carl went to work for Hyster Company in Portland. While working at Hyster, he met and married his wife Audrey Diiro in 1962; she survives.

Carl worked up through the ranks at Hyster, retiring in 2000 as the general foreman in the testing center of the plant. Carl and Audrey then returned to the Warrenton/Astoria area where they both spent their childhood years.

Carl and Audrey have two children, Gregory Scott Johanson and Rene Carol Johanson; both survive.

Carl was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He enjoyed working in his shop, building furniture and restoring his 1962 Corvair.

He made furnishings for both The Uptown Cafe and Serendipity Deli Caffe. He spent considerable time working on the restoration of the historical Warren House. Of his favorite pastimes, Carl enjoyed the relationships that grew from going out to eat with family and friends.

Carl was preceded in death by his father, Willard Johanson, in 1978, and his mother, Flora K. Sheker, in 1972. Survivors include siblings Calvin Sheker, Astoria; Judy Newland, Seaside; a twin sister Carol Johnson, Warrenton; Kay Magby, Portland; and Clifford Sheker, Astoria. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and two special friends, Krista Bingham and Greg Riley, both of Warrenton.