Ernest Rudolph Johnson
Ernest Rudolph Johnson, age 105, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014. He was born in Green County, WI in 1909 to Sever and Andrena (Peterson) Johnson. He attended Old York Lutheran Church and graduated from Blanchardville High School in 1928. Ernie farmed in the Blanchardville area for several years and then went to Barber College in Milwaukee, graduated, and served his apprenticeship under Sylvester Heiser in Plain, WI. It was in Plain he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Gruber. He completed his Master Barber training in Plain. He married Margaret in 1934 and they honeymooned at the Chicago World’s Fair. They moved to Verona, WI in 1935 and established Johnson’s Barber Shop, which was later run by his son Michael and the business still is in operation today.
Ernie was active in the community throughout his years, serving as Village President and was active in the Optimist Club. He belonged to St. Andrew Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and became a Grand Knight of Council 630 in Madison. Ernie opened his own cabinet shop with the encouragement of Margaret in the late 1940’s and woodworking became his hobby and second job. He later taught woodworking at MATC and enjoyed this hobby well into his later years, donating many of his items to St. Andrew’s Christmas bazaars. He and Margaret built a cabin in Spooner, WI on Gull Lake where the family has fond memories of fishing and summer vacations. Ernie loved to fish and enjoyed WI River fishing in later years with his sons. Ernie was a long time volunteer for Four Winds Manor and Lodge in Verona where he passed away. He loved telling his stories and sharing time with friends. He was an avid sports enthusiast of the Badgers, Packers and Brewers.
Ernest is survived by his sons Ronald (Rose); Michael (Eleanor); and daughter Peg Schmidt; 8 grandchildren, Jeffrey Johnson, Debra Potocki (Mitchell), Dianna Glynn (Robert), Janna Smith (Peter), Michele Marshall (Peter), Christopher (Laurie), Laura LaCour (Joseph), Daniel Morrill (Michele Stanton) and 18 great-grandchildren and friends too numerous to mention, who helped Ernie maintain his independence in his own home, and when he moved to Four Winds recently continued frequent visits. Ernest was preceded in death by his wife Margaret of 67 years; five brothers, Lloyd, Amos, Burlie, Robert and Knute; two half-brothers, Hans and Bernard; and three half-sisters, Hilda Jeglum, Lulu Tank and Daisy Hegland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30AM at ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 N. Main St., Verona, on Monday, December 29, 2014, with Father William Vernon and Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer presiding. A visitation will be held from 4:00PM until 8:00PM at the church on Sunday, December 28, 2014 and again from 9:30AM until time of Mass at the church on Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Andrew Parish, Four Winds Lodge or Agrace Hospice, would be the request of the family. To view and sign the guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com
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