Jim was born in Green Bay on September 28, 1940, the second son of Laura (Hoeft) and Perl L. Johnson. He grew up in Clintonville. Jim graduated from Clintonville High School in 1958 and from UW Madison in 1965. He served his country in the Army National Guard. Jim spent his entire career in the fire apparatus business at Seagrave and Pierce Mfg. He was a member of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturer’s Association (FAMA) and served as President in 1989. Jim married Diane Campbell on May 15, 1971 in Iron Mountain, MI. They lived and worked in Appleton. The couple enjoyed traveling and camping, and eventually found a place in northern Wisconsin where they enjoyed time with family and friends. Jim loved animals and liked feeding the birds and his “pet” flying squirrels. He was especially fond of the dogs they had.
Jim is survived by his wife, Diane; his daughter, Erica (Michael) Tiedt, Appleton; his son, Grant (Anna) Johnson, Appleton; five grandchildren: Christian, Nolan, Riley, Alaina and Isla Tiedt, all of Appleton; his brothers: John (Sandi) Johnson, Littleton, CO; Jay Johnson (Heather Hathaway), West Bend; nieces: Jennifer (Dennis) Bannon, Littleton, CO; Jill (Steve) Petersen, Hood River, OR; a cousin, Michael Pasch, Clintonville; also a brother-in-law, Curtis Campbell, Clintonville. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Wade; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lawrence and Donabell Campbell, and a brother-in-law, Carson Campbell.
Jim’s memorial service will be held Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. at the Christ Congregational United Church of Christ in Clintonville with Rev. Jill Meyer officiating. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Military honors will be conducted outside of the church following the service by members of the American Legion Post #63, VFW Post #664, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit #63, all of Clintonville. The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Clintonville is assisting his family with the arrangements. www.eberhardtstevenson.com
The family wishes to thank Affinity Visiting Nurses & Hospice; especially Barbie, for their care and concern for Jim.