THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: February 14, 2019
Erling Johnson, 92, of Green Bay, formerly of Oconto Falls, passed away early Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family.
Born Nov. 10, 1926 in Trempealeau County, the seventh of 13 children, to Johnie K. and Amber (Hogue) Johnson, he served in the United States Navy during World War II. On Dec. 20, 1947, he married LaRayne Jacobson in Whitehall and they lived in Eau Claire and Strum where he worked at Armour Meats and also owned and operated the Strum Locker Plant. While in Eau Claire, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge which continued when moving to Oconto Falls.
In the late 1960's, the family moved to Green Bay where he became a federal meat inspector until retiring in 1990. While living in Oconto Falls, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. The couple moved to Shawano in 2004 where they made their home for nine years before returning to Green Bay in 2013.
He will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman which included fishing trips to Canada and hunting with his family and friends.
She is survived by four children, Guy (Fran) Johnson and Gaye Richardson, both of Green Bay, Giff (Juliet) Johnson, Oak Harbor, Wa. And Glenn Johnson, Waupaca; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph (Janice) Johnson, Whitehall; a sister, Darlene Bergerson, Eau Claire and nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, LaRayne on Dec. 8, 2016; a son, Gary and 10 sisters and brothers.
Private family services were held at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls and burial took place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Oconto Falls.