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Herbert Leroy Johnson

April 12, 1938 - March 6, 2013
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Herbert Leroy Johnson was a man for whom actions would speak louder than words. His life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Herbert’s life. He was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. He was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Herbert was modest in his actions and extremely literal in his thoughts and in the manner in which he communicated with others. When Herbert said something, he meant it. All those who knew him appreciated this trademark quality. Herbert was born on April 12, 1938 at Alta Community Hospital in Alta, Iowa. His parents were Elmer and Beulah Johnson. Herbert was raised in Storm Lake, Iowa. Even as a small child, Herbert wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Herbert grew older, he realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, he treated everyone around him the same way. This belief in fair play served Herbert well throughout his life and despite his natural shyness; he enjoyed a solid group of friends. Since Herbert sought to treat those around him with respect, he often found himself in the role of playing peacemaker within his family. He was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry...
Herbert Leroy Johnson was a man for whom actions would speak louder than words. His life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Herbert’s life. He was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. He was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Herbert was modest in his actions and extremely literal in his thoughts and in the manner in which he communicated with others. When Herbert said something, he meant it. All those who knew him appreciated this trademark quality.

Herbert was born on April 12, 1938 at Alta Community Hospital in Alta, Iowa. His parents were Elmer and Beulah Johnson. Herbert was raised in Storm Lake, Iowa. Even as a small child, Herbert wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Herbert grew older, he realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, he treated everyone around him the same way. This belief in fair play served Herbert well throughout his life and despite his natural shyness; he enjoyed a solid group of friends.

Since Herbert sought to treat those around him with respect, he often found himself in the role of playing peacemaker within his family. He was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry situations that quite often occur, because he loved the challenge of conflict resolution. He would look at the most reasonable and practical ways to settle any disputes. Herbert was raised with one sibling, his younger sister, Shirlee. Herbert was constantly involved in activities with his sister. Herbert and his sister had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they shared many life experiences.

During his childhood, family and friends viewed Herbert as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, he was a fairly curious child who had the ability to entertain himself and didn’t require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of Herbert’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around him worked. He was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. He took part in baseball. He was a member of 4-H and FFA. In his spare time he loved working on cars. Herbert's memorable achievements included being a trombone soloist.

The fact that he was curious was an asset to Herbert while he was in school. He possessed strong study skills and good concentration. He relished the task of scrutinizing problems, investigating all of the options and then solving them. Herbert enjoyed tackling the project that was right in front of him and working it straight through to its conclusion. Sometimes, he would become so involved in the process of problem solving that he would lose awareness of his surroundings. Experience was Herbert’s best teacher. He graduated from Hayes Consolidated High School in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1955. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were science and math. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Kearney.

The same qualities that served as assets for Herbert while he was in high school were tools that built success in his college years. His ability to work through problems and assignments without wasting time and energy demonstrated to his instructors that he possessed a real “stick to it” attitude that allowed him to succeed despite an underlying desire to defer making difficult decisions. Herbert was an analytical and an independent thinker, qualities that allowed him to develop and implement effective strategies and techniques to meet his college workload. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts from Pepperdine University in 1978. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Masters in Special Education from UNLV in 1994. His favorite courses were Industrial Arts.

This same loyalty and up front honesty Herbert shared with his friends carried over to other aspects of his life, including his relationships with his family. On February 6, 1995, Herbert exchanged wedding vows with Andrea Marie Scharer at the Justice of the Peace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to Herbert’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Andrea's needs. He was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions.

As the family grew, Herbert was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. Herbert was blessed with three sons Jim, Jeff, and DJ. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Dominic, Christopher, Matthew, and Elizabeth. Herbert was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, he would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. Herbert was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, His inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

In his work life, Herbert was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. He excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once he understood exactly why he was working on a project, he could plow full steam ahead. For Herbert, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to him in appreciating its importance. Even if he worked alone on an assignment, Herbert was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and he would readily use them if they improved the process. His primary occupation was being a teacher in the Clark County School District. He was employed for Clark County School District for 19 years. Herbert always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Herbert proudly served in the United States Coast Guard. He understood his duty to serve his country and the importance of getting a job done. He was comfortable with the routines of the military and even liked them to some degree, especially when it came to grasping the clear instructions and guidelines he was expected to follow. He was in the Guam; Juno, Alaska; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Brownsville, Texas. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Lt. Commander. He received several awards including a Bronze Star and National Defense Service Medal.

Herbert’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced his choice of leisure pursuits as well. He applied his strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to his choice of activities. He particularly enjoyed the “alone” time his hobbies provided. His favorite pursuits were working on his cars, reading and traveling. Herbert was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Herbert had the ability to stay calm and the determination to do what was necessary to get the job finished, traits that helped him enjoy sports. In high school, Herbert played baseball.

Herbert appreciated the occasions when he was able to travel and get away on a vacation. He enjoyed learning about different locales and was open to exploring new and different places. Favorite vacations included traveling through Alaska, catching rays in Florida, and sight-seeing in New York. He thoroughly enjoyed the task of gathering and analyzing travel information as he prepared for an upcoming trip.

Herbert was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Herbert’s favorites was Princess, a Rottweiler mix.

As his retirement approached, Herbert viewed the event as just one more project to research and solve. So, when the day finally arrived in 1977, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. In retirement, he found new pleasure in teaching.

Herbert passed away on March 6, 2013 at Solari Hospice, Las Vegas, Nevada. Herb fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by wife Andrea; his sons Jim, Jeff, and DJ; and his sister Shirlee. Services were held at Southern Nevada Veteran Memorial Cemetery. Herbert was laid to rest in Southern Nevada Veteran Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Nevada.

Herbert strongly believed that talk is cheap. He was the type of person who would show others his feelings through his actions. He was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. He had a curiosity about the things around him and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences he treasured most were those he shared with his loved ones. Herbert Leroy Johnson will be greatly missed.

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