Louis “Lou” R. Johnson, 91, passed away peacefully Monday, February 11, 2019 at Timber Oaks Assisted Living in Union Grove, WI lovingly surrounded by his children. Lou was born on April 17, 1927 in the house he grew up in Racine, WI to Gordon and Anna (Nee: Heidenreich) Johnson. He was united in marriage to Dolores Benson on August 13, 1955.
Louis served in the United States Navy 1945-46 on the medical transport ship the USS “Solace.” He was a traveling salesman for Gerber Baby Foods for over thirty years. In his spare time, Lou loved spending time with his family and friends, enjoying the natural beauty of the world around him and walking along the lake front. Some of his favorite past time activities were wood carving, playing Schafskopf (Sheepshead), singing with the Racine Dairy Statesmen as well singing with the choir at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church and playing in their bell choir.
Lou will be deeply missed by his 7 children, Debra (Robert) Johnson Oertel, Karen (Bruce) Jones, David Johnson, Eileen (Jeff) Collins, Lisa (Marco) Johnson Gelenian, Julie Johnson, William Johnson, 9 grandchildren Aaron, Laura, Ryan, Alexis, Andrew, Leanna, Danny, Kai, Lucine and 3 great grandchildren, Tamir, Alona and Everett as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife – Dolores, 4 brothers, Father Gordon, Earl, Ed and Lornie and 3 sisters, Sister Dorothy (Mercy), Violet and Mabel and 1 infant daughter, Elizabeth.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green Street. The family will receive guests at the church on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery following services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the amazing staff – and residents – of Timber Oaks Assisted Living, Union Grove, WI. We can’t imagine a more kind, caring and professional “home” for Dad to have spent his time.