Jay F Johnson

05/10/1934 — 06/18/2024

From Richland, WA

Jay F Johnson

Jay F. Johnson, 90, passed away on June 18, 2024, in Richland, WA.

Jay Johnson was born on May 10, 1934, in Fort Riley, KS, to Hibbert Johnson and Kathryn Johnson.

Jay graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1952 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree. He started his career as an Engineer and went on to work at Nuclear Power Plants and retired but continued to be a consultant in the nuclear industry.

Jay married Patricia Ann Scavio on October 12, 1957, in Omaha, NE. The couple had 8 children, Christine (Frank) Lorusso, Steven (Sherree) Johnson, Julie (James) Wysong, Geraldine (Jon) Niess, Teresa Neu, Daniel (Michelle) Johnson, Matthew Johnson, and David Jay Johnson (deceased).

Jay’s unwavering faith in God is what was the most important aspect of his life. He was a devoted husband who loved his wife, Pat, unconditionally and they were married for 66 ½ years; his family was extremely important to him, with eight children, 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He was a proud, honorable boy scout who eventually became an esteemed Marine as a Chief Warrant Officer 3, then he spent 22 years as an active Marine and within the reserves until he was honorably discharged upon retirement. He respected and cherished his country.

Jay’s hobbies included his artistic abilities with watercolors, building ships and drawing, reading, gaining knowledge of military history and current political topics. Jay was very proud of the two published books he wrote about his Marine life and Childhood.

Jay is survived by Patricia Johnson – wife, Christine (Frank) Lorusso – daughter, Steven (Sherree) Johnson – son, Julie (James) Wysong – daughter, Geraldine (Jon) Niess – daughter, Teresa Neu – daughter, Daniel (Michelle) Johnson – son, Matthew Johnson – son.

Jay is preceded in death by Hibbert Johnson – father, Kathryn Johnson – mother, Norma Anderson – sister, Don Johnson – brother, and David Jay Johnson – son.


The services for Jay F. Johnson will be held on July 2, 2024 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and starts with the Rosary at 10:30 a.m., followed by mass at 11:00 a.m., a luncheon will ensue at 12:00 noon. Jay will be taken to Sunset Garden’s cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

Burial: SMG – Holy Cross Garden, Richland, WA.

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  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending my thoughts and prayers to all.

    Patti Vanburen (McGuane)
    July 1, 2024
    Omaha, NE
  • Sending prayers for strength!!! Hugs and Love to all of you❤️🙏🙏🙏❤️

    Lori Albee
    June 30, 2024
    Waterville, Maine
  • Dan, Chelle and the entire Johnson family you have our sincerest condolences. Sending love and prayers to all.
    With love,
    Janice and Craig

    Janice Carr
    June 28, 2024
  • Love, respect and support defined my Uncle Jay. Uncle Jay and Aunt Pat traveled the world and supported Catholic ministries where ever they lived from India to South Korea and multiple cities across the United States. Uncle Jay was a brilliant engineer who testified as an expert on some of the most complicated nuclear engineering construction issues. I enjoyed listening to Uncle Jay tell his stories about Grandpa Hibbert riding a motorcycle across enemy lines in France to earn the Croix de Guerre medal during WWI and his stories about life with my mother growing up on Army bases. The flag is at half staff. God bless my cousins, their families, and Aunt Pat. Love to you all.

    Margaret Anderson
    June 27, 2024
    Oak Park, IL
  • Christine and I are pottery class friends where I have listened to many of her stories about her family’s love and respect for one another. They will all miss their loving daddy. RIP to him and compassion for the family.

    Kathleen DesHotel
    June 27, 2024
    Slidell, LA
  • The best brother in law ever! So many great memories. You and Pat taking me to my first drive in movie to see Bambi….only about 70 years ago. And of course when you let me move in with your family and you set up a bedroom in the basement for me. Dropping me off at school in the morning. Definitely a role model of what a man/husband/father/brother in law /uncle should be. Your infectious laugh will always be left with your loved ones. Peace and God Bless. Love you, Sue

    Sue Crisman
    June 27, 2024
    Omaha Nebraska
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