Obituary – James Johnson

James Johnson

75,  of Yaak

James R. Johnson, 75, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at his home in Yaak  of natural causes.  He was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 14, 1942, to Roy and Pearl Johnson.

James moved to Big Fork in 1967, and worked for Westmont Tractor and the Libby Dam.  He owned Johnson Lumber in Bigfork, Kalispell and Seeley Lake.  He later founded CHLOR RID International, Inc.

Survivors include his children Jason Johnson (Tricia), Chattaroy, Wash., Douglas Johnson (Pauline), Post Falls, Idaho, Laurie Johnson, Reardon, Wash.; grandchildren Cynthia Delong, Kyle Sullivan, Tiffany Johnson, Alix Johnson, Sydney Johnson and Tierra Norris; and great-grandchildren Kristin, Rylan, Kayleigh, Lacey Kay and Deegan.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the family home in the Yaak.  A Celebration of Life immediately following at the Yaak Mercantile.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or to the Yaak Volunteer Fire Department-Search and Rescue.  It was always James’ wish to have a search and rescue in the Yaak.