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Russell A Johnson

Russell A Johnson, age 58, of Rhinelander, died on Jan. 1, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. Russ was born on July 29, 1957 in Milwaukee, to Richard and Diane (Rhyner) Johnson. His family moved to Rhinelander where Russ then graduated from RHS in 1975. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Cheryl Buesching, on July 10, 1976.

Russ was a dedicated successful businessman in the community. Russ, along with his father, wife and son, owned and operated Dick Johnson, Inc. He was trusted by many throughout his 44 years in business. He also devoted himself to local area sports, helping coach many years of youth basketball and baseball. He loved the outdoors, snowmobiling, golfing, basketball, traveling and being actively involved with his grandkids.

Russ will be remembered as a wonderful husband of 39 years, generous father of three and grandpa of four, all who loved him dearly. He will be deeply missed and remembered by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Russ is survived by his wife Cheryl, his two sons Scott (Jessica) Johnson and Curt Johnson, his daughter Brooke Johnson, his grandchildren Matthew, Michael, Logan and Lily, his father Richard Johnson, sister Gail (Eric) Bowman, sister-in-law Debbie Johnson, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Diane, his brother Rick and his very close friend Dan Marlatt.

Visitation for Russ will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carlson Funeral Home. There will be a moment of reflection around 6 p.m. with Russ's family and friends. You may leave private condolences for the Johnson family at A memorial is being established in Russ's name and anyone wishing to do so may direct those gifts to his family. The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the Johnson family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Article comment by: helen kuczmarski

Deepest condolence to your family
I remember watching Russ play
ball with my son Rick. I also bowled
with Mom Diane...Such a tragic thing
Dick: what a great guy you raised.
God Bless your family.
Rick Kuczmarski family
Helen and family.

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Article comment by: Tiffany Johnson

Russ Johnson was an awesome person! He was a great coach and my son enjoyed being on his team! My thoughts and prayers are with his family!

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Article comment by: Brian James


On behalf of Brock Anderson, myself and the entire Level 3 team, we would like to send our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences on the passing of your father.
Fathers are a special blessing to their children and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Article comment by: Patricia (Patty) Raske

Gail and all your family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know your brother was a good man.
Please know that I truly care and will keep you all in my prayers.
I miss the good old days when we worked together.

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Article comment by: Jamii Sarkauskas

To all of Russ' family:

Our sincere condolences on your loss. I will always remember Russ' cheeky smile and kind demeanor.

Love and Blessings,

Jamii & Michele Sarkauskas & Family

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Article comment by: Harry Ehmann

A life well lived cut way too short. My deepest condolences to the Johnson family.

Harry and Joanne Ehmann

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Article comment by: don myers

Much too much tragedy left at the doorsteps of a great, well respected Rhinelander family.

Our sincere condolences

Don & Debi Myers

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