Donald R. Johnson

HANCOCK – Donald R. Johnson, 68, a resident of Hancock and former area businessman, passed away Sunday evening, January 5, 2014, at Portage Health where he had been a patient for the past five days.

He was born on May 12, 1945, in Oak Park, Ill., a son of the late Richard and Shirley (Bush) Johnson. Don was raised in Naperville, Ill., and graduated from the Naperville Central High School with the class of 1963. He then attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., and graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wis., with a business degree.

On September 25, 1971, he was united in marriage to the former Annabelle Pintar. The couple raised six children together.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church of Hancock.

Don was a born salesman that enjoyed visiting with people. He spent most of his working days selling cars or advertising spots for various newspapers or radio stations. He also had owned and operated Johnson’s Quick Print for a number of years. More recently he was very proud of his newspaper, which he owned and published, the Yooper Spectator. Don’s sharp wit, kind heart, outgoing personality, and entrepreneurial ambitions prevailed throughout his life.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and an infant sister, Barbara.

Surviving are his wife, Annabelle Johnson of Hancock; his children Richard (Amanda) Johnson of Atlantic Mine, Clint (Anita) Johnson of Hancock, Leanne (Derrek) Wilson of Watford City, N.D., Renee Johnson of Hancock, Laurena (Kurt) Blakeman of Marengo, Wis., and Melanie (Clint) Bush of Marengo, Wis.; 14 grandchildren; his brother, Robert (Gloria) Johnson of Barrington, Ill.; his sister, Lori (Phillip) Ryan of Chandler, Ariz.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services for Don will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014, in the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock with Douglas Wuebben to officiate. Spring burial will be in the Oskar Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 12 noon until time of services in the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hancock.

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The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes have been assisting the family with the arrangements.