Karl was born in Illinois to Henry Bruno and Agnes Amelia (Widen) Johnson. As a toddler, the family moved to Door County, WI and the family farm is where he spent his entire life. Karl married Donna L. McCosky on May 1st, 1954 and together, they raised 6 daughters. He held many jobs in addition to farming during his 87 years on this earth. An electrician, welder, bus driver and Town Treasurer were only a few of his ‘hats’. As the cows became fewer, trees were planted in fields no longer pastured, as Dad had a great love of nature. Karl will be remembered most for his ability to tell stories. Never a more caring soul and kinder heart, he was always lending help where needed but never asking for it to be returned.
Karl is survived by his 6 daughters, Suzi Hass of Sister Bay, Patty (Dan) Burniece of Maple Grove MN, Peggy (John) Mroczynski of Pulaski, , Cindy (Gene) Smith of Oconto Falls, Linnae Johnson of Pulaski and Mary Kittredge of Pulaski; 12 grandchildren and 3 Great-grandchildren – Peter (Michelle) and Annah Hass; Raina, Iris and Tait Burniece; Chloe Mroczynski; Brandon (Audra- Addison, Weston, Nolan), Logan and Danielle Smith; Masoudae Rezvani; Derek and Seth Kittredge and Sister-in-law, Leatrice (Toots) Klaubauf of Green Bay.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, one infant son – Peter John Johnson, parents- Henry and Agnes Johnson, 2 sisters and a brother and their spouses: Astrid and Ed King, Oscar and Carolyn Johnson and George and Ruth Jischke; son-in-law Greg Hass, Masoud Rezvani and nephew, Corwin Johnson. In- Laws: John and Verna McCosky and Ed Klaubauf.
A memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Ellison Bay WI on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with visitation at 10:00 A.M. and service at 11:00 A.M., fellowship to follow. Memorial gifts can be given to Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church or to the Forest Recovery Project, a non-profit organization from which all monies will be spent planting trees in Door County.