Norman Peder Johnsen

Jan. 31, 1936 — Nov. 18, 2018
We lost our sweet loving husband, daddy, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and friend on Nov. 18, 2018. Norman passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Signe Johnsen, and his sister, Lillian Anderson.
Norman was born Jan. 31, 1936, in Ballard,Washington.

His family moved to Warrenton, Oregon when he was 9 years old, and he attended Morrison Grade School. Norman played third base at Warrenton High School, graduating in 1953.
He married his high school sweetheart, Beanie Davis, in 1957. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this past August. Two of his greatest loves were his daughters, Nancy and Paula.

Norman began his career as a professional painter in Sacramento, California, then moved back to Warrenton and started his own business, Bayview Dairy, delivering milk. He later became a commercial fisherman, and he and his father built the family boat, naming her “Signe J” after Norman’s mother. He continued to fish and crab until his retirement.

Norman was proud of his Norwegian heritage. He celebrated this by making his favorite Norwegian foods, pickled and smoked salmon and rullepolse, and hosting his popular lutefisk dinners. In the early 1970s, Norman and Beanie took his mom and dad back to the Old Country. He loved seeing where his family grew up in Norway.

After retirement, Norman and Beanie moved around Oregon, and spent many winters in Mexico, and returned back “home” to Warrenton. Norman loved living in the Northwest and being close to his loves; his wife, daughters, family, friends and the ocean. Norman was known for his gentle disposition and care for others. His smile was contagious, his spirit unrelenting.

Norman is survived by his wife, Beanie; daughters Nancy Keesecker (husband, Joel) and Paula Johnson (husband, Brad); grandkids Blake, Chelsea, Lindsay, Holly and Leah; and five great-grandchildren.

Norman was a member of the Sons of Norway, Astoria Elks, and the Scandinavian Benevolent Society.