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Gerald D. Johnson Sr.

November 10, 2012
Daily Press

MANISTIQUE - Lifetime area resident Gerald D. Johnson Sr., 73, of Manistique, died Nov. 6, 2012, at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1939, in Fayette, the son of Benjamin and Bertha (Jensen) Johnson. He attended Manistique area schools and was a graduate of Manistique High School.

On July 2, 1960, he married the former Donna F. Carney in Manistique. They lived and raised their family in the Manistique area. Donna preceded him in death on Oct. 28, 2007.

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Gerald D. Johnson Sr.

Gerald was a "jack of all trades" and worked for various area businesses. One of those was the Curran Chevrolet automobile dealership where he was employed for over 20 years. He was also self-employed, owning the River Road Lumber Company for 11 years. Most recently he worked for the Sault Tribe Maintenance Co., retiring in 2004.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing poker with the guys, and going to the casino. He will be remembered by his family as someone who liked to tease, make people laugh, and was generous in making sure he helped others.

Gerald is survived by his sons, Gerald (Heidi) Johnson Jr. of Manistique and Robert (Sheila) Johnson of Manistique; daughters, Penny Carlson, Debbie Johnson and Deanna (Andy) Clifton, all of Manistique; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Dan (Eva) Johnson of Manistique and Mike Johnson of Manistique; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ben Johnson Jr.; and his sisters, Bertha "Babe" Peterson, Beverly Johnson, Marjorie Johnson, Carol Daigneault and Marguerite "Muggs" Smith.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. with Mr. Del Alden officiating.

Memorial condolences appreciated to the family or to the charity of your choice through the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at



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