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Harold P. “Harry” Johnson

May 13, 2023 | 10 comments

Harold “Harry” Johnson, 80, of Onalaska, WI passed away peacefully at home on May 11, 2023. He was born on July 19, 1942 in Hillsboro, WI to Forrest and Erma (Ebert) Johnson.  

Harry graduated from Aquinas High School where he met his wife, Carol.  On May 4th they were married at Saint Pius X Catholic Church in La Crosse. This year they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family.  Together, they had two children, Tony and Chris.  For over 30 years, Harry worked at the Company Store. He started his career in the shipping department and worked his way to Cutting Room Manager.
During their married life, Harry and Carol enjoyed family trips with the kids visiting different states .  One of their favorite vacations was in Jamaica.  Many weekends were spent going on road trips, golfing, and family get-togethers. After retirement, they looked forward to wintering annually in Florida with close friends.  Harry was an avid Packer and Brewer fan.  He enjoyed tailgating at the Brewer games with a large gathering of friends and family. His dedication to his family, kind heart, and gentle spirit will be missed by all that knew him.
Harry is survived by his wife Carol, daughter, Chris Kakuska of La Crosse; sister, Jenny Soller of La Crosse; brothers, Bob (Lynn) Johnson of Onalaska, Tom Johnson and Mike Johnson of La Cosse; sister-in-law, Diane (Tim) Oliver of Onalaska; brother-in-laws Rich Thomas of La Cosse, John (Becky) Berzinski of La Crosse, Bryan (Joan) Berzinski of Onalaska; many nieces and nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his son Tony; parents Forrest and Erma Johnson; sister Arlene Dornbusch; in-laws Joe and Marge Berzinski; sister-in-law Gail Thomas; and brother-in-law Mike Soller.
The family would like to thank the staff of Saint Croix Hospice.  The care provided to Harry and support given to us during their visits was immensely appreciated.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 18th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm  at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 1031 Main St, Onalaska, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 pm.  Coulee Region Cremation Group in Onalaska is assisting the family.



  1. Eisbrenner Family

    Our sincere condolences to everyone that was a part of Harry’s life. In the difficult days and nights ahead may the many wonderful memories of his life give you comfort. Something we have personally found to be of great comfort are the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28 “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out “. May God Jehovah comfort you during this sad time in your life.

  2. Jeff Morris

    Carol and Chris. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Jane (Paulson) & Ed Ryan

    Our deepest condolences to the family of Harry Johnson. We grew up in the “old neighborhood” and had many great memories with the Johnson boys and their sister, Jenny. We will remember all of them in our prayers!

  4. Nancy Volden

    Dear Carol and Chris. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. So many memories over the years. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Paul Ebert

    Paul Ebert & Family first cousins (California) He is at peace, one of many
    cousins our prayers are with him. We remember the many visits and happy times with the cousins in the area. God Bless Paul Ebert

  6. Judy Fuchsteiner

    Remembering a happy man with a smile and a welcome to all he knew. Thank you Carol for sharing him with so many people. Please accept our sympathy.

    Steve and Judy Fuchsteiner

  7. Dave and Cindy Berger

    Sincerest condolences to Carol and Johnson family. Harry was such a classy figure, soft spoken but extremely gentle and polite. Thanks Harry for all the good times shared on many Brewers, and Badgers bus trips, a great time with wonderful fans.. Thanks forbthe memories HARRY!!!

  8. Dee (Dawson) Paqué

    My mom and dad enjoyed visiting with Harry and you across the fence. Harry was a truly friendly, caring man. My sympathy.

  9. Jim Langen

    Carol, we will be unable to be with you on Friday, but want to express our deepest sympathy to you. I cannot recall ever seeing Harry without you or you without him. You will miss him, but you can recall all of the good times, which I believe will be many. That is how we will remember him. Take care. Jim and LaRita Langen

  10. Frank and Shari Collas

    Our deepest condolences to your family! Harry was such a warm, sweet man…a big teddy bear! He will be missed by all who knew him! Take care Carol and Chris…we are always here for you!

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