Karl J. Johnson

JANESVILLE — Karl J. Johnson, 92, of Janesville, passed away at his home on Friday, July 12, 2019.

Karl was born in Jefferson County on Sept. 11, 1926, the son of Carl and Anna (Frey) Johnson.

He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1944. He joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school and served during World War II.

Karl married Betty M. Roum on Sept. 14, 1946, at West Koshkonong Lutheran Church.

Karl was employed as a barber for 25 years with shops in Milton Junction and Orfordville. After selling his shop and moving to Janesville, he worked in retail management for Copps Corp. and Harris Ace Hardware until retiring in 1990.

He was a member of the Post 209 American Legion of Orfordville and First Lutheran Church where he was active volunteering with the breakfast club, the Progress newsletter, worked on the funeral lunch committee and enjoyed working at the 4-H Fair.

Karl was an avid fisherman. He also loved watching and rooting for Wisconsin sports teams, and enjoyed dancing and traveling.

Karl is survived by his wife of over 72 years, Betty M. Johnson; two sons, Paul G. (Marie) Johnson of Carlsbad, N.M., and Bruce K. (Nancy) Johnson of Rockford, Ill.; four grandchildren, Michael R. (Lisa) Johnson, Melissa (Matt) Johnson, Dustin R. (Kori) Johnson and Mikel R. (Kacey) Johnson; eight great-grandchildren, Parker, Kayleigh, Penelope, Jase, Luke, Brandtley, Emily and Micah Johnson; friend and mother of Dustin and Mikel, Margaret Johnson; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William J. (Alice) Johnson; sister, Shirley (Stanley) Hake; and niece, Susan (Warren) Koehler.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at First Lutheran Church, 612 N. Randall Ave., Janesville, with the Rev. James Johnson officiating.

Burial, with military honors, will follow at Milton Lawns Memorial Park.

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

Memorials may be made to Agrace Hospice or the First Lutheran Church Foundation.

Henke-Clarson Funeral Home is assisting the family.


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