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Vilas D. Johnson

March 16, 1920 - February 8, 2018

Vilas D. Johnson, 97, of Hendersonville went to be with his Lord and Savior as well as being reunited with his loving wife on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Mission Hospital following a period of declining health. A native of Wisconsin, he was a son of the late Elmer and Evelyn Johnson and had resided in Henderson County since 1967. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary; sister, Lorraine Theobald and grandson, Landon Johnson.

Vilas was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during WWII and later went on to graduate from Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN. He was a master toolmaker, owning Ace Tool & Mold for 15 years before retiring in 1995. He loved his job and took immense pride in all his work. In his younger years, he loved fishing and camping. Vilas was a talented artist and produced wonderful oil paintings, wood carvings and model airplanes that he flew. He thoroughly enjoyed growing and harvesting his red raspberries and will be fondly remembered for his engineering mind that could solve nearly any problem.

He is survived by his children, Janet Johnson of Hendersonville, Linda DeLoriea (Wayne) of Hickory, Don Johnson (Betty) of Mills River and Elizabeth Johnson (Mark) of Mills River; grandchildren, Holly Harwood, Austin Johnson, Ethan Burks and Rachel Burks; 10 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Randy Burks; siblings, Lyle Farmer, Nancy Gilkerson and Sally Farmer; numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved yorkie, Freddie.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until 2:00 pm, prior to the service. Burial with military rites will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location:

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel

538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Service Information

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

Location:

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel

538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Location:

Forest Lawn Memorial Park


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