John T. Johnson, 77

John T. Johnson, 77, of West Bend, passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2010. John grew very tired and fell asleep here and woke up with our Lord.

John was born on March 5, 1933, to George W. and Mary (nee Kolarsky) Johnson in Milwaukee.

After high school he entered the U.S. Army and served from 1953 to 1955 in Korea. Upon his return, he continued to work at St. Regis Paper Co., in Milwaukee, then Mercury Marine in Cedarburg and finally Dehling-Voigt in Newburg.

He was a Jackson Clubmaster for two years. He loved his involvement at St. Maryís with the choir, ushering and volunteering where he was needed, going to the Childrenís School Mass was the best day of the week.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Therese (nee Eilbes); four children, Tim Johnson of Hydro, Okla., Julie (Dale) Staus of Sussex, Amy (Gary) Maurer of Kewaskum and Randy (Tobie) Johnson of Kewaskum; 11 grandchildren, Sarah (Martin) Hernandez of West Bend, Katie (Nathan) Strutz of Fond du Lac, Jami and Timmy Johnson of Hydro, Okla., Devan and Garrett Maurer of Kewaskum, Dylan and Zoey Johnson of Kewaskum, Dawn (Joel) Fredrich of Watertown, Jeff Edwards of Hydro, Okla., and Jacob Stauss; and three great-grandchildren, Noah and Lily Strutz of Fond du Lac and Sean Strean of Watertown. He is further survived by one brother, Tom (Emmy) Johnson of Cedarburg; one aunt, Helen Meloche of New Berlin; special cousins, Don (Carol) Kolarsky, of Brainerd Minn., and Audrey (Leonard) Eischens of Park Rapids, Minn.; mother-inlaw, Kathryn Eilkes of West Bend; brother-in-law, Paul (Nancy) Eilbes of Cedarburg; sister-in-law, Mary Beth Eilbes of Theresa; special nieces; nephews; other relatives and very special friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and two sister in laws, Bill Johnson, Bob (Elaine) Johnson, George and Wally (Elaine) Johnson; father-in-law, Alois Eilbes; and one brother-in-law, Allen Eilbes.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1610 Monroe St., West Bend (Barton), on Monday, Nov. 8. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Mike Moran presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations in Johnís name to St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Drs. Charles Kaufmann, Eric Olafsson, Lawrence Sullivan, John Lacey and Brenda Epping, NP and Dr. Suzanne Grimm for all their care over the past seven years. Thank you to Dr. Henry and the St. Joseph's Hospital ER staff and 3rd floor nurses for their care in the last hours of Johnís life.