Carl E. Johns, 91, of Prairie City, died Sept. 9, 2010, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home in Prairie City. Graveside services were held Sept. 13 at the Fox Cemetery.
Mr. Johns was born Sept. 17, 1918, to Ed and Bessie Johns in John Day. He was raised in Fox Valley with his sister and four brothers.
He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School after taking classes at home. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Corps, and was in World War II as a mechanic for P-40 airplanes.
On Sept. 30, 1945, he married his wife, Ruth.
He worked as a mechanic, then a car salesman for Buck Smith's S&M Motor Company, until he retired after 30 years.
The couple also had several rental homes that kept him busy with upkeep and repairs.
He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also liked kids, visiting with people, playing cards with friends and flipping quarters with whomever would do it with him.
He was also active in the senior citizens group.
Survivors include one brother, Clyde Johns of Pendleton; son, Anthony (Evelyn) Johns of Prairie City; daughter, Sherry (Tom) Averett of Canby; granddaughter, Sheila (Marc) Johnson of Talent; grandson, Brian (Glenda) Johns of Gresham; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ruth, who died March 21, 2010.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Nursing Home through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.