PRAIRIE DU CHIEN

Matthew C. (Junk) Johnson

Aug. 19, 1985 - Nov. 8, 2009

Pfc. Matthew C. (Junk) Johnson, age 24, of Prairie du Chien, formerly of Livingston, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Lancaster, to parents Brad Johnson and Luann Biba.

He married Misty Kolbeck on Feb. 21, 2009, in Prairie du Chien.

Matthew graduated from Iowa-Grant in 2004 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. Matt then re-enlisted in September 2007 until the present. He had the goal of returning home and becoming a police officer. Matt loved serving his country along with spending time with his friends, especially "The Boys." He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father, learning about history, and he and his wife enjoyed going on adventures; he wanted to see the world. Matt and Misty enjoyed watching movies, making each other laugh and planning their life together. He will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Misty Johnson of Prairie du Chien; stepson, Mason McGee, at home; mother, Luann Biba of Lancaster and Dennis Biba of Livingston; father, Brad Johnson of Edgerton; mother-in-law, Michele (Andrew) Lytle of Waukesha; father-in-law, Matthew (Melissa) Kolbeck of Prairie du Chien; grandfather, Arnold Junk of Cassville; sister, Mackenzie Biba of Lancaster; two stepbrothers, Mike (Stephanie) Biba of Monroe and Tim (Lydia) Biba of Richland Center; many special sisters- and brothers-in-law; a special friend, Marsha Richgels of Blue Mounds; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, David Junk; maternal grandmother, Patricia Junk; stepgrandfather, William (Blanch) Biba; paternal grandparents, Glenn and Betty Johnson; and grandma, Dee Williams.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the 2 p.m. service Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Livingston United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. John Oliver officiating. Burial will be in Rock Church Cemetery with military honors.

Soman-Larson Funeral Home of Montfort, 608-943-6906, is assisting the family.