Arvid Johanson Jr. went to heaven on June 11, 2019 at the age of 83 after a short illness. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his family.
He was born in St. Augustine, Florida, on Feb 27, 1936, to Knut and Connie Johanson. Arvid attended schools in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas, and graduated Salutatorian from Aransas Pass High School in 1954. While in high school, he earned the Silver Explorer Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He was later named to the Aransas Pass High School Hall of Fame.
Arvid obtained his Electrical Engineering Degree from Texas A&I in Kingsville in 1959. While attending college he met Eleanor, and they were married in 1956. This union lasted 63 years,and produced 3 sons and 8 grandchildren.
After graduation, Arvid joined the U.S. Army, where he served his country between 1960 and 1962, and a few more years in the Reserves. He was First Lieutenant in the Signal Corps where he trained radio operators.
Arvid had over 40 years of professional experience in his Engineering career, many of them working for Union Carbide in Texas City; Taft, La; Seadrift; and Sugarland. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Instrument Society of America, where he earned the ISA Life Achievement Award. He also was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.
Arvid was an ordained deacon and served in teaching and leadership positions at several churches including Arcadia Baptist Church, First Baptist in Luling, La; Baptist Temple in Victoria, Texas; and Calvary Baptist Church in Rosenberg, Tx.
Arvid was proud of his Swedish Heritage. His father was born in Malmon, Sweden, and Arvid visited his relatives in Sweden several times. He was also a member of the Swedish Club of Houston. Arvid was an avid reader and enjoyed working in his gardens, as well as spending time with his family.
Arvid was preceded in death by his parents, Knut Arvid Johanson Sr, and Constance Elinor Johanson of Aransas Pass; brothers Joe Johanson of California, Jack Johanson of Morgan City La, and Gene Johanson of Aransas Pass Tx.
Arvid is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eleanor, of Richmond; Sons, Mike (Jana) Johanson of Fort Worth, David (Christy) Johanson of Navasota, and Phil Johanson of Temple; and grandchildren Madison, Mary, Molly, Mathew, Sarah, Lexi, Faith, Chase.
Visitation is at Davis Greenlawn Funeral home in Rosenberg, Tx from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, June 14, 2019.
Services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Rosenberg, Tx at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Graveside services will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Gary Sinese Foundation : “Serving Honor and Need”. This foundation is committed to ensuring veteran sacrifices are never forgotten.