Kenneth Everett Johnson, a former editor of the Capital Press and adviser to four governors, died April 1 at age 82.

Johnson was editor of the Capital Press from May 1959 to March 1965. He succeeded Dewey Rand, who became publisher May 15, 1959.

Johnson spent most of his career as an aide and political adviser to Oregon Govs. Bob Holmes, Bob Straub, Tom McCall and Neil Goldschmidt. He also served as a campaign aide to U.S. Sen. Wayne Morse and Rep. Al Ullman. He retired in 1989.

Johnson graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He worked off and on in journalism for 14 years. In addition to his work at the Capital Press, he served as sports editor of the Albany Democrat-Herald and managing editor of the Coos Bay World.

Johnson was born May 5, 1928, in Coos Bay. He was a sixth-generation Oregonian.

Johnson is survived by his wife Sarah, sons Chuck and Bruce, daughter Nancy Erickson and son-in-law John, and grandchildren Mackintosh, Kayla and Trevor. A memorial celebration will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salem, at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

--Mitch Lies

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