John Arthur Johnson Sr., age 74, passed away on Tuesday at Ridgewood Care Center. He went out on top as Ridgewood’s “Resident of the Month”. John was born in Racine on February 8, 1944, the 7th child of the late Jerome and Matilda (Nee: Schultz-Puchter) Johnson.
On February 8, 1969 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Judy K. Voelker who preceded him in death on June 29, 2015. They were married on John’s birthday as a reminder so John would never forget their anniversary. John was employed by PDI for 37 years retiring in 2005. In addition to working at PDI he worked as a security guard at St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital for a combined 38 years, retiring in 2010.
John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the UCT. He was an avid Packer, Bucks and Brewers fan and enjoyed vacationing in the Dells. He always had a positive attitude and a good sense of humor. He enjoyed sharing news clippings that would put a smile on your face or a joke to make you laugh. He will be remembered as a hard worker who always looked out for others first. More than anything he cherished time spent with his family. John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are his children, Jeanie (Gary) Eyman, John (Gail) Johnson Jr.; grandchildren, Trisha (Zoran) Micic, Tracie McDonough, Noah Johnson, Erin and Alex Eyman; in-laws, Gloria Puchter, LaVerne Puchter, Shirley (Tom) Pfeiffer, Mary Lou (Jack) Blum; special friend, Char Wilber; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Benjamin and siblings, Bill Puchter, Herman (Betty) Puchter, Richard Puchter, Gloria Ellis, Joyce Puchter, and Fred Puchter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Father Steve Varghese officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church have been suggested.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dotty his caregiver at Ridgewood for her loving and compassionate care.