Obit: Johnson, Duane E. (1927 - 2019)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Briggs, Bruyette, Chmelik, Johnson, Pecha, Rivers, Schroeder

----Source: The Cornell Courier - Sentinel (Cornell, Cadott, Holcombe, WI) 2/08/2019

Johnson, Duane E. (19 JUL 1927 - 5 FEB 2019)

Duane E. Johnson, 91, Cornell, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Cornell Health Services.

Duane was born July 19, 1927, the son of Eugene and Elsie Johnson. He farmed in the Town of Estella, on the family farm. He also worked at Peavey’s Papermill and Presto. He loved fishing, family and neighborhood get-togethers.

Duane married Dorothy Chmelik May 28, 1949, at Drywood Church. He was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Cornell.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years – Dorothy; three daughters – Lin Bruyette, Dorothy (Charles) Schroeder and Candace (Dan) Pecha; 11 grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister – Virgene Briggs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son – Bill Johnson; and five sisters.

A celebration of life was held at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Borton-Leiser Funeral Home, with Deacon Dennis Rivers officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Holcombe, at a later date.

Visitation was held from noon, until the time of service, Friday, at the funeral home.

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