George Johnen |

George Johnen

George Glenn Johnen passed away peacefully on Nov. 29, 2012, in Grass Valley, Calif., after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 77.

A private service will be held.

George was born Feb. 3, 1935, to Louis and Mae Johnen in McDonald, Pa. He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, shortly after graduation and they started their family. He served in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard from 1953 to 1963, before moving to Southern California.

George was a Design Specialist for RCA Corp. before buying Ketchum Wood Products, which allowed him to take advantage of his incredible skills as a craftsman, running the family business for 12 years, before retiring to Grass Valley. George was an ordained elder and a deacon at the Presbyterian church in Grass Valley.

George is survived by his beloved wife, Marlene; sons, George Jr.(Marie) of Simi Valley, Calif,, Dean (Jennifer) Johnen of Golden, Colo.; daughter, Debra (Steve) Ogg of Ojai, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Erica (Greg) Parsons of Philadelphia, Pa., Ian Ogg of Tokyo, Japan and Adam Ogg of Spokane, Wash.; Casey Johanson and Becky Johnen of Simi Valley, Calif., and Connor Johnen and Allison Johnen of Golden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mae Johnen; brothers, Louis and William Johnen; sisters, Mary Lou Pascoe and Maude Marie Johnen.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory can be made to the Deacon’s Fund at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, CA 95959.

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