Donald L. Johnson, 73

Donald L. Johnson, 73, of Grafton passed away suddenly on Feb. 13, 2012, while on vacation in Orange Beach, Ala.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1938, in Campbellsport,  the son of Harold C. and Doris Mae (nee Wrucke) Johnson.

Donnie attended school in Campbellsport and in 1956, he entered the U. S. Army, serving until 1959. On Sept. 17, 1960, he was united in marriage to LaVerne Hammen at the Reform Church in Campbellsport. 

Donnie and Laverne moved to Grafton in 1966 and became members at 
Pilgrim United Church of Christ. He worked at the Gehl Co. for 33 years and took an early retirement.

Donnie managed his sonsí Mid Ozaukee Softball Team and the became the 
manager of the first Little League traveling team, playing their games in the northern Milwaukee district and winning the league championship. He enjoyed softball, bowling, gardening and he loved doing his sudokos. He and his wife were avid walkers for many years. 

Donnie was very proud of and dedicated to his grandchildren; he tried to attend all their activities.

Survivors include his wife, LaVerne; his children, Tim (Jane) of 
Germantown, Terry (Denise) of Waukesha, Donna (Jack) Wendtlandt of 
Grafton and Deb (Jim "Tiny") Mayer of Grafton; and his grandchildren, Andrew (Candice), Evan, Amy, Jake and Brianna Johnson, Jamie and Justin Wendtlandt and Miles and Dylan Mayer.  He is further survived by his sisters, Millie Kreif of West Bend, Fern Krief of Kewaskum, Darlene Shaudvitis of Fond du Lac and Evelyn DeSchmidt of West Bend; his brother, George (Dorothy) Johnson of Sebring, Fla.; his sister-in-law, Ernie Hammen of Campbellsport; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, many friends and special neighbor and  friend, John.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Lester and Florence Hammen; his brother, Norman Johnson; his sisters, Faye Wallenfelz and Lois Straub; and seven brothers-in-law.

Donnie was cremated in Alabama and a memorial service will be held on 
Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 1621 Second Ave. Grafton. The Rev. Franz Rigert will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 1, from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Pilgrim UCC or the charity of your choice.

Twohig Funeral Home, Campbellsport, is serving the family with online 
guestbook and condolences at

The family extends a special thank you to Dick and Judy Pfister of 
Cedarburg for their help and concern during this difficult time.