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Bertil K. Johnson
Issue Date: July 30, 2019
Bertil K. Johnson, 101, longtime Menominee, Mi. resident, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Renaissance Assisted Living in Marinette.
Born April 6, 1918 in Chicago, Ill., to Oscar G. and Augusta (Carlson) Johnson, he moved with his family to the Stephenson (Palestine) area in 1925. In September of 1947, he married the former Mildred Blomquist and she preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 2000. He then married June Peterson in April of 2003 and she preceded him in death in July of 2015.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps with the 15th Air Force Division. Based in Italy, he flew 52 missions as a B-24 tail gunner and was wounded in combat by German fighter planes. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He worked at Michigan Bell for 37 years as a trouble shooter and lineman. A longtime member of the Community Covenant Church of Menominee, he also attended the Stephenson United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening and meeting friends at the coffee shop each weekday morning.
Survivors include a daughter, Candace Kostelec of Rochester, Mn.; two grandchildren; a brother, Robert Johnson and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wives, Mildred and June, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Enid and Betty and a brother, Everett.
Friends may call at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Thursday, July 25 from 1 p.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Rev. Linnea Ek will officiate with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee.