Brian Johnson

JEFFERSON — Brian Scott Johnson, 62, of Jefferson, was taken from us in an instant, along with his son Kaden, on Jan. 24, 2020, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Brian was born on Nov. 4, 1957, in Fort Atkinson, to John and Marilyn (Matson) Johnson.

He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1976 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he played football for the Badgers.

He married Jillian Johnson on Nov. 22, 2002.

Brian worked for his father at the Hide and Fur in Cambridge for many years prior to working in real estate and general contracting.

He was an avid, lifelong Badger fan and enjoyed sports of all kinds. Whether it was sitting in the stands cheering on his sons or on the couch with remote in hand, he never missed a game.

Brian loved travel, blackjack and jelly toast. His quick wit and humor always were present, even through the darkest of times. He never met a good steak dinner he wouldn’t enjoy in his most formal athletic wear.

Brian loved his children and family fiercely.

Brian is survived by his wife, Jillian Johnson of Jefferson; son, Tanner Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; daughter, Kennedy Johnson of Jefferson; stepdaughter, Brooke (Brad) Zych of New Lenox, Ill.; and grandson, Ryder Zych. He also is survived by his mother, Marilyn Johnson of Cambridge; and sisters, Christy Johnson of Orono, Minn., Wendy (Harold) Zimmick of Middleton, Vickie (Duane) Lund of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Tammy Johnson of Cambridge.

He further is survived by his nieces and nephews, Abbie, Spencer and Karlie Lund; Jake and Grace Pierner; Stuart Lien; and Charis, Caleb (Hillary) and Connor Zimmick.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Johnson.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 201 E. Racine St. in Jefferson, with the Rev. Harold Zimmick officiating.

A Celebration of Life immediately will follow the service at 13 East (Neighbors), 216 Golf Drive in Jefferson, from 3 until 8 p.m. Casual dress is encouraged — flip flops optional, but always welcome.

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