He was born Oct. 30, 1951, to Audley M. and Eleanor (Rathbun) Johnson in Hayes Center. He graduated from Hayes County High School in 1969 and was a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After graduation, he worked for the State of Nebraska as an auditor and later went into business with his brothers. In 1983, he moved to Colorado to pursue a career in real estate investment. In 1994, he moved to Arizona where he managed his own business as a real estate investor until his death. He especially loved to spend time with his grandchildren, family and friends, play a little golf and watch his Nebraska Cornhuskers. Although he wasn't as tall as he would have liked to have been, his caring nature and love of life made him a big man in our eyes. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jackie of Phoenix, Ariz.; his daughter, Shellie (Doug) Winder of McCook; five grandchildren, Shawn, Blake, Nicholas, Mathew and Racheal Winder of McCook; two brothers, Garry of Hudson, Colo., and David (Loretta) of Castle Rock, Colo.; four sisters, Estalene (Larry) Lewis and Aneita (Ken) Chandler of Keyston, Patricia (Tom) Peterson of Colby, Kan., and Peggy (Gary) Edwards of Hershey; and aunts, nephews, nieces and other family members as well as a host of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Larry; one brother-in-law, Lowell Mathews and one sister-in-law, Carolyn Edwards.
Services are Oct. 5, 2003, at 2 p.m., at the Union Congregational Church in Hayes Center with the Pastor Fay Ann Blaylock officiating. Burial will be at the Hayes Center Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Hayes Center Cemetery Association. The body was cremated.
Visitations will be with family and friends at the church after a private family service at the cemetery.