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June 5, 2023

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William "Bill" LeRoy Johnson Jr.

William (Bill) LeRoy Johnson, Jr. was born in Elmhurst, Ill. on May 11, 1941, to William L. and Violet P. (Lavett) Johnson Sr.

His family moved to Monico when he was seven years old and moved into a home that his grandfather was building. Bill attended Monico Grade School. After school his spirit of adventure led him to enlist in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany. He was discharged from the Army on Sept. 22, 1961.

Bill met and married Karen Tyrell on Nov. 4, 1961. They were married for over 57 years when Karen passed away. The couple lived in Rhinelander for a short time before making their way back to Monico. Bill worked at the Rhinelander paper mill for over 30 years before retiring.

Bill had a passion for collecting coins and stamps. He started collecting at a young age and continued collecting them up until his death. He was quite talented and could create and build projects based on an idea that was presented to him. We will all miss his whistling while he worked. He loved four-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and working on construction projects. He especially enjoyed the trips he made to Canada with various family members. Bill had a kind soul and would help anyone who was in need.

He will be dearly missed by his children, Tammy (Kim) Pederson of Clam Lake, Todd Johnson of Pelican Lake, Teresa (Dan) Bruso of Rhinelander, Trent (Mitzi) Johnson of Rhinelander, and Tracy Johnson of Menomonie; 12 grandchildren, Nathan, Joshua, Nick, Connor, Jaime, Benjamin, Hunter, Vance, Katie, Lacie, Allie, and Zoie; 15 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Max, Bennett, Athena, Cecilia, Riley, Gabe, Jace, Shelby, Gracie, Oliver, Lydia, Vada, Grady, Royce, plus two more on the way. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. His dog, Spanky, will miss him dearly as well.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Karen Johnson on July 11, 2019; grandson Jake, sister Doris (Sonny) Huven, and his four-legged companion, "Chester".

The visitation for Bill will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at the Hildebrand Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the 12 p.m. memorial service.

Immediately following the service, military honors will be performed by the Northwoods Honor Guard and by two representatives from the United States Army.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

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