William J. Johnson, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday morning, March 13, 2014 at Ministry Door County Medical Center.
He was born April 18, 1927 in Kaukauna the son of the late Hjlmar and Eva (Martell) Johnson. Bill served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. On July 17, 1948 he married Marie C. Deschaine at St. Peters Lutheran Church. They owned and operated the Mariner Café in Sister Bay, from 1966 to 1971, while Marie attended nursing school. In his earlier years, at age 14, Bill started working for his father at the family business, Congress Bowling Lanes, on 4th Ave.in Sturgeon Bay, which he later owned and operated with his father. He also owned the Westside bait shop at the Michigan Street Bridge. Moving back to Sturgeon Bay from Sister Bay, Bill then went to work for Midwest Wire where he was in charge of shipping until his retirement in 2000.
Bill enjoyed playing cards, especially poker, fishing, camping with his family, and was proud to be a Packer Team shareholder. He loved his neighborhood and enjoyed putting on neighborhood fish boils. Bill was a member of the Am Vets in Sturgeon Bay.
Survivors include his three daughters, Candace (John) Daoust of DePere, Nancy (Steve) Culver and Heidi (fiancé, Steve Trexler) Graf both of Sturgeon Bay; four grandchildren and families; Jeff (Sarah) Culver (and their children, Jackson and Grant) of Mosinee, Bradley (special friend, Lauryn Kroger) Johnson of Sturgeon Bay, Jon Daoust of Plover, Mark (special friend, Nikia Provenzano) Daoust of Los Angeles, CA; special niece, Sandy Smith of Sturgeon Bay; and many other dear nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hjlmar and Eva Johnson; wife, Marie (2010); an infant son; son, Tom J. Johnson (2000); brother and sister-in-law, Bob (Betty) Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Carol (Fritz) DeBruin.
A memorial gathering with military honors for family and friends, will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday (March 22, 2013) at the pavilion at George Pinney County Park (Stone Quarry) on County Road B, just north of Sturgeon Bay. Interment will follow at Bayside Cemetery Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to DOOR CANcer, Inc. at P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
***Our family would like to thank his neighbors for supporting and watching out for Dad and his pets for many years. We also want to thank the staff at Ministry Door County Medical Center, especially, RN Ellen Knipfer (one of his neighbors), and Dr. Antonio, for their kind and compassionate care given to our father.***
Huehns Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.