WAUNAKEE -

Donald Eugene Johnson, age 89, of Waunakee, passed away peacefully surrounded by hfamily on Friday, Apr. 19, 2013.

He was born on Apr. 6, 1924, in North Leeds, WI, the son of James D. and Regina (Schmidke) Johnson.

Donald graduated from Poynette High School and joined the Army in the Army Corps of Engineers. He served in Europe and the Philippines as an engineer and M.P. during World War II.

Upon his return, Donald went back to college at the University of Wisconsin where he graduated with an engineering degree in 1950. He met and fell in love with the love of his life, Pat, while playing his trumpet at dance jobs at the University, Stoughton Country Club, and other local jazz hangouts.

Donald and Patricia J. Helmke were married on Apr. 16, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, WI.

Donald is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia, age 85, having just celebrated their wedding anniversary on Tuesday, April 16, 2013; children, Sharron (William) Heibl and Dale K. (Marilyn) Johnson; grandchildren, Steven and Joseph Johnson and David (Camila) Heibl; and sister, Arlene Severson, age 92. He was preceded in death by his son, David Earl Johnson, in 1958, at the age of 6.

A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be held at ST. STEPHEN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5700 Pheasant Hill Rd., Monona, on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tim Hansen and the Rev. Nick Utphall presiding.

Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Agrace HospiceCare and Bright Star Health Care for their support.

We will remember Donald for his love of life including his family, music, and golf; his kind, gentle soul and quick wit. On-line condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Visitation:
Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.

Service:
A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be held at ST. STEPHEN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5700 Pheasant Hill Rd., Monona, on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tim Hansen and the Rev. Nick Utphall presiding.