Walter (Wally) J. Johnson, age 73 of Portage, Wis., passed away peacefully at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, with his family at his side, after a brief fight with liver cancer and COPD.
Wally was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Tomahawk, Wis., to John Woodrue and Leda May Johnson. He married Marlene Morray in 1958 and they had four children. He later married Phyllis Weyh in 1976. They moved to Kingman from their home in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., in 1983. They had many close friends in both Wisconsin and Arizona.
Wally was an avid hunter and fisherman, carpenter, and made beautiful woodcrafts enjoyed by many with his wife Phyllis. He retired from the Kingman School District in 2004 before returning to Wisconsin to be with his family.
He is survived by his four children, Tedra Raden of Phoenix, Nona Candelaria of Portage, Margo (Frank) Lochner of Montello, Wis., and Jeffrey J. Johnson of Portage; three stepchildren, Steven (Edith) Weyh of Kingman, Carmen (Mike) Griffith of Portage, and Susan (John) Brennan of Portage; four step-grandchildren, Todd Weyh, and Ashley, Amanda and John John Brennan; one brother, Woodrue Johnson of Marquette, Mich., four nieces and four nephews. He also left behind his beloved companion dog, Buddy. Wally was preceded in death by both of his parents, his wife, Phyllis, and two sisters, Jacqueline and Geraldine.
Wally generously donated his body to science to help others. There will be a memorial service at a later date.
Memorials may be made in Wally's name to University of Wisconsin, Carbone Cancer Center, K-4658, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792-6164.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jon Schwartz and staff of Kingman, Dr. Somoza of Oxford Crossroads Clinic of Oxford, Wis., the nurses and doctors in the TLC and Palliative Care units at UW Hospital in Madison for all of the compassionate care for Wally and the family.