Ernest A. Johnson

HANCOCK – Ernest A. Johnson, 73, a resident of Hancock, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock where he had been a patient for the past month.

He was born on April 27, 1940, Dollar Bay, a son of the late Arne and Irene (Kemppainen) Johnson. He was raised in Hubbell and graduated from the Lake Linden High School with the class of 1958. He then attended Suomi College.

Mr. Johnson had worked a variety of jobs in the Copper Country before becoming manager at the Sherwin Williams Paint Store where he retired from after 20 years.

Ernie was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Hancock. He also was active in the community being a former member of the Hancock Fire Department, U.P. Whitetails Association where he was a past president, and B.P.O.E. #381 of Hancock. Currently he was active with the Knights of the Round Table and B.P.O.E. #404 of Calumet. In his younger days, Ernie enjoyed pitching for various softball teams. More recently, he was a member of the Wyandotte Hills Golf League and enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing his whole life.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a son, Joseph Johnson.

Surviving are his children, Paul (Meegan) Johnson of Maple Grove, Minn., and Wendy (Dave) Hansen of Painesdale; his grandchildren Kelsey (Jeremy Gatta) Gatta-Roytio, Samantha (Mike) Heider, Darryl (Ashley Leddy) Paavo, Michael (Lucretia) Johnson and Peyton Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Tucker Heider and Micah Johnson; sister, Gloria (Eugene) Taylor of Dollar Bay; a special cousin, Richard Johnson of Detroit and Arizona; and several more cousins.

Ernie was fortunate to have made invaluable friendships throughout his life.

Funeral services for Ernie will be held noon Monday, February 3, 2014 in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock with Rev. DJ Rasner to officiate.

Friends may call on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. until time of services at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be given to the Senior Meals Program, Omega House or the charity of one’s choice in memory of Ernest A. Johnson.

Ernie’s family would like to thank the staff of the Houghton County Medical Care Facility and Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital for the care given during his poor health.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements.