Daniel JohnsonAugust 7, 1946 ~ March 11, 2017 (age 70)
Daniel Joseph “Dan” Johnson, 70, of Oxford, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family.
A celebration of life is at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1 in the Lions Club Building, 116 N. Sumner, in Oxford. We will be sharing stories and celebrating a man who lived life to the fullest. Refreshments will be served. Please share your favorite story about Dan; we know there are lots of them.
Please consider a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation in lieu of flowers.
Dan was born on Aug. 7, 1946, in Igloo, S.D., to Jesse and Anna (Davis) Johnson. The Johnson family lived in several places before settling in Oxford in 1957. There Dan lived the rest of his years. His early life was spent helping on the family farm and creating memories with friends.
Dan enlisted in the Army in 1965 and served in the 173rd Airborne during the Vietnam War, where he made lifelong friends.
After returning to the United States, he met and married his lifelong companion, Mary (Nutter) Johnson, on Dec. 31, 1972.
After working as a roughneck and cable installer, Dan got a job at Boeing, where he worked for 23 years. He invented several tools that Boeing patented and still uses today. He was able to travel all over the world, spending three years living in Italy.
Dan had a wit that is hard to match and was one of the most kind-hearted people. He enjoyed grilling for large family gatherings and spending time with his grandkids. He spent a lot of time in his wood shop, turning pens and making puzzles that he sold in a shop in Oxford. Dan was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Johnson; his mother, Anna (Davis) Johnson; and his three brothers, Kenneth, Art and Bill Johnson.
He leaves his wife of 44 years, Mary (Nutter) Johnson; his daughter, Elizabeth (Johnson) Cockram; his daughter, Anna (Johnson) Mercer; four grandchildren, Sadie, Caleb, Alastair and Norah; his sister, Sally Lawson; his sister, Jeannie Kay Johnson-Keiter; and many nieces, nephews and friends
Veterans of Foreign Wars