Eldred L. "Ellie" Johnson

Eldred L. "Ellie" Johnson, 82, of West Bend, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at the Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk.

He was born on Oct. 13, 1924, in Green Bay to the late Chester and Louise (nee Vander Wegen) Johnson, and graduated from West Green Bay High School in 1943.

Following his high school graduation, Ellie enlisted in the United States Army Air Force and served two years in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a maintenance technician.

Ellie was united in marriage to Billie Anderson on May 10, 1947 at St. Patrick’s Church in Green Bay.

She preceded him in death on June 2, 2000.

Ellie was employed as a district sales manager for Metropolitan Life until his retirement.

During his retirement, Ellie kept himself busy by working part time in security for Regal Ware in Kewaskum and later for the Paradise Mall in West Bend. He also did the bookkeeping at Pruett’s Floor Coving.

He loved riding his motorcycle, but his true passion was bowling. He served as president and treasurer of several bowling leagues at Wieland’s over the years.

Ellie’s faith was important to him, and it was there he found comfort following the death of his wife Billie.

Ellie was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.

Survivors include his four loving children, Gregg (Jan) Johnson of Granger, Ind., Erin (John) Voss of Ashburn, Va., Jeff (Kendra) John-son of Sheboygan and Kevin (Carrie) Johnson of Germantown; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by his brother, Ralph Johnson of Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Erin Peterson of Green Bay; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Barden of Madison.

Preceding him in death were his wife, his parents and his brother, Doug Johnson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, at noon at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend, with Father Jerry Brittain as the celebrant.

Visitation with the family will be at the chruch on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting the family.

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