Fredric (1931 - 1997)
Contact: Helen Vater Blaha
SURNAMES: JOHNSON, PETERSON, PABICH, BRUEGGEN, CALKINS
----Source: LaCrosse Tribune (LaCrosse, LaCrosse County, Wis.) Tues., April 1, 1997
Johnson, Fredric (6 June 1931 - 30 March 1997)
Onalaska, Wis. — Fredric "Fred" Johnson, age 65 years, of W8463 North Shore Drive, Onalaska, died Sunday, March 30, 1997 at the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center, La Crosse, after a lingering illness.
He was born June 6, 1931 in Withee, Wisconsin, to Fred and Jessie (Peterson) Johnson. He married Audrey Pabich on August 16, 1951 in Thorp, Wis. Fred was a veteran and served with the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953. He owned and operated the Fred Johnson and Sons Construction Company, and in later years was the town of Onalaska Building Inspector.
He was a lifelong member and past commander of the Holmen American Legion Morris-Snuggerud Post #284, and also managed the bar for the Legion. He was the former La Crosse County Legion Vice Commander and a member of the La Crosse County Voiture 830 of the 40/8. Fred had a host of friends. He loved to dance, and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and bird-watching.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey of Onalaska; one daughter, Sandra (Dan) Brueggen of Blair; seven sons, Donald (Martha) Johnson, David (Kerry) Johnson, and Michael, Robert, Paul and Steven Johnson, all of Onalaska, and Peter (Kathy) Johnson of La Crosse; a sister, Eileen (Richard) Calkins of Hastings, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Mary.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 1997 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Onalaska. Rev. William Matzek will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in the La Crosse Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fossum Funeral Home in Onalaska from 4 to 8 p.m today, and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. A rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. today.
Fred will be missed by his family and many friends.
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