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Troy James Johnson

August 20, 2021 | 5 comments

Troy James Johnson, 56, of Onalaska, passed away on Sunday, August 15th, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

He was born in Hillsboro, Wisconsin to Lonnie Johnson and Joan Moore on May 3, 1965 and was a resident in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area most of his adult life.  He married Dee Olson on April 27, 1991.  She asked him for a dance and life became their dance floor.  They waltzed through the good times and carried each other through the most difficult. He looked at every experience with his family as an opportunity for adventure and made each one memorable with his unique personality and sense of humor.

He was a hard worker and made many connections while working at La Crosse Footwear, La Cro Products and Mannstedt Steel.  Even when he was forced to slow down for health reasons, he was always creating jobs that fit his circumstances to provide for his family and doing what he could to help others.

Troy had a big personality and if you met him, you remembered him.  As someone close to him recently said, “he was the brightest crayon in the box”.  He was intelligent, strong, creative, and found a way to solve problems for loved ones and strangers alike.  He also loved to tease, told the best stories, and was sometimes too hilarious for his own good.  The only light he didn’t shine on himself was the quietly generous and caring soul that helped so many without anyone even knowing.  All of that was balanced out by a stubborn streak a mile wide that sometimes drove his family and friends a little crazy.

Troy is survived by his wife, Dee (Olson); daughter Cassandra Johnson; granddaughter Niomi Johnson; siblings Lisa (Jerry) Ewert, Angela (Bryan) Adams, Paul (Shawna) Johnson and Lowell Shawley; his mother Joan (Don) Shawley; sister-in-laws Wendy Olson and Lisa Olson; brother-in-law Jim Klonecki Jr. (Jen). He is also survived by his daughter Amber Federman from a previous relationship; and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

Troy was preceded in death by his daughter Kaci Johnson; grandchildren Paiton and Phoenix Johnson; and father Lonnie Johnson.

Please join us in celebrating Troy’s life with stories, laughter, love and food. The celebration will be on Friday, August 27th from 4 to 7 PM at the Onalaska Community Center, 515 Quincy St.



  1. Vernie Attaway

    Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything at all please let me know. I feel your pain my friend. Lean on the Lord and He will comfort you. Please extend my sympathy to your family. Loving you always…Vernie

  2. Kimberly Anderson

    Dee, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband! Prayers for you and your family.

  3. Mary Sanders

    My deepest sympathies to you Dee and to the family. Troy was such a great guy with an enormous sense of humor. I always enjoyed bumping into you both on occasion over the years whether it was at the store or at an event. He always made me laugh regardless of what was going on in either of our lives. I will treasure the fact that he was my nephew thru marriage for a time but will always consider you both very dear to me as you always have. May the good Lord give you strength during this time and throughout the years without this wonderful man by your side but he will always be in your heart. Hugs to you.

    • Ellen Heckmann

      A generous and kind soul. The world just dimmed a little Condolences

  4. Jeff Schroeder

    Dee, my deepest condolences to you and your family.


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