Obituary: Lonald Allen Johnson

Oct. 25, 1948 – March 16, 2024

Lonald “Lonnie” Allen Johnson, age 75 of Green Bay and Washington Island, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Madison due to postoperative complications at UW Hospital. He was born on Oct. 25, 1948, to parents Tom and Verl Johnson, and brothers Leroy and Ivan, on Washington Island.

Lon served as a Sergeant in the US Army from 1968-1970, in the 25th Infantry Division in CuChi, Vietnam, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star, among other awards.

Lon was united in marriage to Carolyn Heidel in 1978. The couple had three daughters, Alison, Heather, and Kayla.

Lon worked at Cub Foods for 25+ years and was a member of Union Congregational Church, Green Bay. He played baseball for the Islanders baseball team for 28 years. He was inducted to the DCL Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. He was also a member of the Washington Island American Legion Post 402, Vietnam Veterans, and AmVets.

After his daughter Alison passed away from cancer, he continued to stay active with the Families of Children with Cancer. He was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed fishing, golfing, and helping out at Washington Island Campground. He was always willing to lend a hand to a friend or stranger.

He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Heidel Johnson; his daughters, Heather (Craig) Gunnlaugsson of DePere and Kayla (Michael) Stults of Washington Island; brother Ivan (Michaelene) Johnson of Washington Island; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alison; parents, Tom and Verl; and brother, Leroy.

There will be two services to honor Lonnie’s life. A memorial service will be held on April 6 at 12 noon at Bethel Evangelical Free Church on Washington Island. Visitation starts at 10am. Attendees are encouraged to wear Islanders or DCL apparel.

A second memorial service will be held in Green Bay on April 20 at 1pm at Union Congregational Church (716 S. Madison St.). Visitation starts at 11am.

Military rites will be conducted at graveside by the Washington Island American Legion Post 402 at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lonnie Johnson Islanders Baseball Memorial Fund.

Expressions of sympathy and memories of Lonnie may be shared with his family through his tribute page at