Edward A. Johnson

       Edward A. Johnson, age 80, of Kenosha, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Hospice Alliance – Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Ed (known to his family as “Butch”) was born on September 5, 1940 in Janesville to William Johnson and Jennie (Matera) Hanson. He was educated in the schools of Kenosha, but he attended and graduated his senior year, 1958, from Natalia High School in Natalia, TX. Edward was very patriotic and proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 through 1961, on the U.S.S Forrestal. He held onto his Navy connections by attending many reunions and keeping in touch with many shipmates. He also was a member of the Navy Club – Ship 40 and was humbled to be an attendee on the Honor Flight (2014) through his former employer, Snap-On Tools. After retirement from Snap-On and Modine, he found his true calling as a bailiff, where he made many longtime friends.

         Ed married Cheryl Fontaine at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kenosha on December 13, 1969. He was a longtime member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and his faith was very strong and guided him throughout his life. He was an avid reader and was a history buff. Ed especially enjoyed being an armchair contestant on Jeopardy. His favorite memories were of fishing trips and vacations spent in a cabin on the lake. Ed looked forward to his early morning “coffee with the guys”, but his greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchildren, to whom he will forever be lovingly remembered as “Grumps”. All who knew and loved Ed will miss his spirited storytelling, his ability to insert a well-timed joke, and his incessant whistling!

       Ed is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Cheryl; his son, Rick (Brenda Quimby) Nelsen; his daughter, Kerry (Jeff) Sporer; five grandchildren, Noelle, Norah, Connor, Camille and Drew Sporer; his brother, Chuck (Denise) Johnson; his sister, Linda (Dale) Wellman, as well as many family and friends.

        He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father Henry Hanson, two brothers, Carl and Jeff Johnson, and a special nephew, Ryan D. Jozwiak.

      A memorial service for Ed will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church (5927 – 37th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142) with military honors to be held at 10:50 A.M. A visitation will be held on Thursday at the Church from 9:30 A.M. until the time of military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church or Hospice Alliance would be greatly appreciated.

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Thoughts for Edward A. Johnson;

  • Tony & Karen Szikil says:

    Johnson family,

    With our deepest sympathy, we offer our condolences and wishes for peace and comfort during your time of loss.

    Tony & Karen Szikil

  • Fay and Ron Schulz says:

    Cheryl & family
    This is always so hard, but you have to be strong for each other and hang on to those memories. He was one special person. Loved by so many. We had many nice visits with him. He also took our wedding pictures, 53 yrs ago. Sit down at the kitchen table and go through photos and take the time to reflect all the good times and memories you have. They last forever. One day we will all be reunited in the most beautiful place, our heavenly skys with our maker. Jesus is with him now and he is one of the special ones.

  • James Timmins says:

    To Eddie’s family,
    It was with deep sorrow that I became aware of Eddie’s health conditions and ultimate passing. I know how much his family meant to him, and he to them. As time passes I hope that the fond memories will easy the pain of your great loss. I know that he would want you all to carry on with daily life, knowing that he gave the best fight that he could, and that you will all take care of each other in his absence.

    I had the pleasure of serving with Eddie in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal. The friendships we made and the experiences we lived were some of the greatest in my life, and I know it was in his also. We were separated for many years after being discharged, and via the technology of the Internet, we came back together years later with many of our fellow shipmates. We have shared many memories through our participations in Forrestal reunions and emails, and the camaraderie remains. And meeting their spouses has been an added pleasure.
    A true patriot, may he forever rest in peace.

  • Ed and Jessie Wahoski says:

    We knew Ed from Snap-on Tools. Always had a good time with Ed and enjoyed our times together. I shall hold many great memories in my heart.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ed’s family

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  • Nancy Brandes says:

    My deepest sympathy to Ed’s family. So sorry for your loss. So many good memories of Ed and Cheryl at all the Snap on parties. I bet he was a great grandpa.

  • David & Marilyn Lauer says:

    Cheryl and Kerry: Marilyn and I send our deepest sympathies at Ed’s passing. How blessed he was to have been surrounded by so much love in his life, and how blessed we all were to have had him in our lives. Ed brought so much sunshine into the world. We can only imagine the welcome he received as he entered Heaven. Rest in peace, Ed – thanks for being you.

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