Donald D. Johnson, 71, of Albion, NE passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at his home in Albion, NE.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at United Methodist Church in Albion, NE with Rev. Janet Burgel and Rev. Mary Avidano officiating. Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion, NE. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Levander Funeral Home in Albion, NE.
Donald D. Johnson, the son of Frances and Evelyn (Swanson) Johnson was born on August 17, 1945 at St. Edward, NE. He attended school at District 89 until 1955 when he attended Albion High School. During high school Don worked various jobs and worked construction during the summers.
On November 19, 1966 Don was married to Diane Schmidt at the Loretto Methodist Church, rural Albion, NE. To this union two sons, Danny and Denny, were born. Don worked for the railroad as a maintenance engineer. He later worked for Sullivan Motors and Staska Drilling as a concrete foreman and well operator.
Don married Nina Scarlett New on August 7, 1982 at the United Methodist Church in Albion, NE. He worked as the Maintenance Engineer for the Boone County Courthouse for 22 years before retiring in August of 2007.
Don was a hard worker and in his spare time enjoyed fishing and working with cars, especially with his friends stock cars and lately his friend Ron Falk’s G.O.T.R.A. (Good Old Time Racing Association) race car. He thoroughly loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He always knew when they needed an ice cream treat! Don and his wife Nina enjoyed many hours sitting under the tree in their front yard with their dog Kuzi. Don was always willing to lend a hand or help someone out who was in need.
Don is survived by his wife Nina Johnson of Albion, NE; two sons: Danny (Cathy) Johnson of Auburn, NE; Denny (Melinda) Johnson of Albion, NE: two step-children: Judith (John) McCluskey of Pasco, WA; and Jim New of Columbus, NE; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren: Chelsea Johnson and son Braxten of Auburn, NE; Tyler Johnson of Lincoln, NE: Courtney Johnson of Brownville, NE; Alexa Johnson of Neligh, NE; Blayr Johnson of Norfolk, NE, Cabre Johnson of Albion, NE; Morgan New of Columbus, NE; Brittany Ellenwood and son Beckham of Columbus, NE; Eric (Katie) Johnson and Auron, Rias, and Ahsyah of Albion, NE; three sisters: Shirley (Adolph) Liss of Albion, NE: Joyce Kaumans of Park Rapids, MN; Don’s twin Donna (Jim) Donscheski of Lincoln, NE; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Laurie Johnson.