Wayne W. "Utzy" Johnson, 75, of Marinette, passed away at home on Friday evening, June 7, 2013, in the company of his loving family. He was born May 13, 1938 to Walter and Marcella (Pichette) Johnson and grew up in Menekaunee.
Wayne graduated from Marinette High School with the Class of 1956. He joined the United States Navy after school, serving for four years. He worked at Marathon Paper Co. more than 20 years and also was a cab driver for M&M Taxi for several years. He enjoyed Cubs games, the Packers, Nascar, occasional trips to the casino, westerns on TV and spending time with his family.
Wayne is survived by his loving family which includes, a son, Steven (Kelly) Johnson of Schaumburg, Ill.; two daughters: Denise Bird and Deborah Johnson, both of Marinette; one sister, Sharon Schmidt (John Harris) of Marinette; a nephew, Colin Schmidt (Alexis Harris) of Marinette; grandchildren: Amanda Johnson, Chuck (Vickie) Bird and Jason (Natalie) Bird; and five great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his extended family: Cheryl (Mike) Finger, Al (Julie) Peterson, Sandy (Joe) Boburka, Debby (Kevin) Krouth, Denise (Pete) Lemieux, Scott (Wendy) Laundree and Tim Peterson; their children and grandchildren; and a special friend, Heather Round. He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter.
Friends may call at Zion Lutheran Church, in Marinette, after 3 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday (today), June 10, 2013, in the church with the Rev. Keith Kolstad officiating.
Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery.
A special thank you is extended to Unity Hospice and Advocates for their loving care and support.
Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home is serving the family.