EVERYONE'S A WINNER – An enthusiastic Tanner Ystad, age 6, carries a barbecue grill to his mom after choosing it as a prize during the Sitka Sportsman's Association's 64th Sitka Salmon Derby Awards Ceremony Thursday at Centennial Hall. Tanner's 19.1-pound salmon earned him 55th place in the derby. Derby fishers chose from 88 donated prizes in order of their derby rankings. This year 12-year-old Emmit Johnson won the derby with a 31.2-pound king. Emmitt received Alaska Airlines round-trip tickets and $4,000 cash for his catch. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Helen Johnson

    Helen June Johnson passed away April 5 at Sitka Community Hospital, surrounded by her three sons and a granddaughter. She was 79.
    She was born Dec. 16, 1932, in Eugene, Ore., the daughter of Elton and Mary Kincaid. She grew up in Medford, Ore., and attended schools there. She also was a member of the local Civil Air Patrol.
    On Sept. 29, 1951, she married Roy T. Johnson. They lived in Oregon until 1997, when they came to Sitka where one of their sons was living. The two other sons moved here later.
    Helen was a former member of Sitka’s Women of the Moose.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, in 2006. She is survived by her sons, Michal T. Johnson, Elton D. Johnson and Jefferson R. Johnson, all of Sitka; her daughter, Ellen M. Perry of Kansas; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
    No local services will be held. Her ashes will be placed in the Johnson family cemetery, next to her husband, in Shady Cove, Ore., in the autumn.
    An account has been created at ALPS Federal Credit Union for those wishing to help the family with expenses.

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