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Elmer Morris Johnson, 79, died Sunday at Villa at Lincoln Park. He was born in Racine, May 4, 1940, son of the late Clarence and Emma (Nee: Waldron) Johnson.

Elmer graduated from Rochester High School “Class of 1958”. It was at a New Years’ Eve Party that he met the love of his life, Judith Ann Zilke and they were married in Milwaukee on June 2, 1962. Together, they raised 4 children, William, Susan, Robert, and Timothy. Elmer was employed by J.I. Case Co for 32 years and after retirement assisted his best friend Jim Jensen at Quality Painting in Racine. He was active with several pool leagues through the years and also enjoyed fishing, watching tractor pulls and rooting for his favorite Wisconsin teams, the Brewers, Badgers, Packers, and Racine Raiders. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Judith; children, William E. (Karen) Johnson Sr., Robert A. (Peggy) Johnson Sr., Timothy L. (Debbie) Johnson; grandchildren, Carla (Casey) Ziolkowski, William E. Johnson Jr., Raymond S. Johnson, Carley Emma Johnson, Cheyenne Johnson; great-granddaughters, Gracelyn and Alice Ziolkowski; brother-in-law, James Zilke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Susan M. Krueger, grandchildren, Robert A. Johnson Jr., Alice Rose Johnson; and sister-in-law, Patricia Zilke.

Visitation will be held at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., Sunday at 1-3 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m.

Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.