Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
James William Johnson Memorial
James William Johnson Memorial

James William Johnson

James William Johnson

Thursday, April 6th, 2023

James William ‘Bill’ Johnson of Sedro-Woolley passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2023, of causes incident to old age.  Bill was born on November 20, 1932, in Concrete, Washington to James Robert and Nona Francis (Wilson) Johnson.  Bill graduated from Concrete High School in June of 1950 and immediately went to work ranching and cutting timber, which he continued working at throughout the remainder of his life.  During the Korean conflict, Bill was drafted into the United States Army and served with the famous 1st Calvary Division in Japan and Korea.  Following his honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1955, Bill married Mary Nicholson on May 14, 1955.  Their romance continued for nearly sixty-eight years.  Upon his return from the Army, Bill resumed his career in ranching and logging.  Later Bill formed his own timber cutting company and contracted with major lumber mills and other companies throughout the area.  Known for honesty, fairness, and hard work, his reputation preceded him, and he was an employer of choice in the Skagit Valley.  Bill loved horses and cattle and raised draft horses and registered English Shorthorn cattle prior to his retirement.

Bill and Mary had many friends that they loved to spend time with.  They often traveled to Hawaii and other wonderful locations with their friends.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents; his sister; numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.  Bill will be greatly missed by many. His example of true and loyal friendship is a major legacy that he leaves behind.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00, Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley, followed by a Committal at Greenhills Cemetery, Burlington with Military Honors.  A time of visitation will be held at 9:00 AM until the Funeral.  Please share your memories of Bill and sign the online guest register.


  • Darlene (Comstock) Woiwod

    So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  • Norman Mitchell

    We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a friendly and outgoing person and was a delight and interesting person to visit with. We have missed having those conversations about the cattle industry and the weather.
    Our condolences and love to you.
    Norm & Linda Mitchell

  • Shirley Dillard

    Mary, so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful person to be around. I will never forget our vacation with you to Canada. It was so much fun and Cousin Bill was a hoot. Every time he called he always had a joke. We had so many enjoyable visits with you and were always made to feel so welcome. Glad you got to visit us in North Carolina also. My prayers are with you and pray God holds you in his loving arms. Love you!