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September 25, 2021

5/11/2021 5:29:00 AM
Nils "Pete" Johnson

Nils "Pete" Johnson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 24, 2021. He was born on May 23, 1942, in Rhinelander, to May and Julius Frost Johnson.

He graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1961 where he lettered in football, basketball and track.

Pete married his high school sweetheart Beverly Novak on Aug. 25, 1962.

He was an avid Green Bay Packers and University of Utah fan. He loved to talk cars and enjoyed the two Corvettes he owned. He was a great storyteller and had a story for everything. He loved to B.S. with everyone, and his family called him The Mayor.

Pete was a proud member of Ironworkers Local #27. He got into the "racket" in Milwaukee, in 1967. He was known for his daily cheese sandwich lunches. He boomed out around the U.S. and Canada building smokestacks, eventually making it to Utah to work on the Kennecott smelter stack (1973). He stayed until he retired from the Local.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Everett, Collin, Melvin, Conrad, Allen and William. It will be one heck of a reunion.

He is survived by his loving wife Beverly and sons Jess and Rick (Gina). He was the best Papa to his grandchildren: Lindsay (Edward) Figueroa, Alexa (Taylor) Dillingham and Peter Johnson; his great-grandchildren: Harrison, Olivia, London and Noah Figueroa. Isabelle and Olive Dillingham.

Pete was laid to rest in a private family service at Murray City Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks Funeral Parlor. Please share your memories and photos with his family at

In lieu of flowers please make donations to a charity of your choice.

We will forever be missing you.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Article comment by: William rodd

pete borrowed my corvette when he and his family visted us in eagle river,wi.he loved it and i taught his sons to waterski while there mydeepest love to the mayor and his family Love Bill Rodd

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Article comment by: William rodd

so sad, graduated Rhinelander high scool with Pete, deepest condolences to Beverly and his many many friends,which are many love Bill Rodd

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