THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gerald F. Johnson
Issue Date: July 22, 2020
Gerald "Jerry" F. Johnson, 73, of Porterfield passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 at home.
Born Feb. 28, 1947 in Marinette, to the late Francis and Edna (Hilsabeck) Johnson, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1966 and served in the United States Army during Vietnam from 1966 to 1970 as a Huey helicopter door gunner and was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal and was a two time Purple Heart recipient. He also spent time in Germany and Fort Knox, Ky.
After service, he returned to the area for a bit, working various jobs and then moved to Hawaii to work as a Logistics Tech on base for the United States Navy until retiring in 2002. He then returned to the area and enjoyed attending the Menekaunee Old Timers Picnics, loved talking with people and seemed to never meet a stranger. He had a good sense of humor and was a supporter of the Vietnam Veterans, the DAV and the Wounded Warrior Project.
He is survived by three brothers, Tom (Cindy) Johnson of Peshtigo, Tony (Anna) Johnson of Yorktown, Va. and Mike (Nanette) Johnson of Fort Mill, S.C.; a sister, Marilu (Al) Kuffel of Marinette; an aunt, Fern Brabender and many nieces; nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Terry.
Per his wishes, no services will be held. Thielen Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family.