RIDGELAND

Byron E. Johnson

Oct. 15, 1938 - Jan. 7, 2007

Byron E. Johnson, 68, of Ridgeland, formerly of Oconomowoc, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 15, 1938, a son of Gerhardt and Emma (nee Knoepke) Johnson. In 1961, he married Mae Rukavena.

Byron retired after 32 years at Cooper Power Co., Waukesha. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the American Legion. He served in the U.S. Army.

Byron is survived by his beloved wife, Mae (nee Rukavena); children, Joan Johnson of Hartland, Bev (Mark) Stiemke of Sullivan, Byron Johnson Jr. of Watertown, Corinna (Chris) Baumann of Oconomowoc and Paul Johnson of Watertown; and five grandchildren, Alyssa, Iris, Samantha, Krysta and Reece.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ted.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 5 p.m. funeral service today, Jan. 11, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 120 Nashotah Drive, Nashotah, with the Rev. Mike Strachota officiating.

A funeral service also will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Anderson Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City. Interment will be at New Haven Cemetery in the town of New Haven.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.