Date of Death: July 24, 2023

Service Details

In accordance with family wishes, cremation will be conducted; a memorial service will be held at the Three Rivers Eagles Lodge on Sunday, August 6, 2023 from 1-3 p.m. He will then be laid to rest at a private burial ceremony at Bly Cemetery in Marcellus, MI.

Obituary Notice

Donald Wayne Johnson, 62, of Marcellus, passed away Monday, July 24, 2023, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 31, 1960, in Three Rivers, the son of Calvin and Ida Pearl (Kelley) Johnson. Don was the youngest of eight siblings: Larry (Judy) Johnson, Margie (Van) Crawford, Bonnie (Danny) Lehew, Mike (Dianna) Johnson, Cathy (Terry) Robertson, Charlie (Rhonda) Johnson, and Shirly (Gary) Russell.

Don worked as a painter and enjoyed helping family & friends with various projects around the house. He met Laurie in 1976 and they began dating. Together, they enjoyed going to the car races, fishing, and Laurie especially liked going to see Don play live in the band, Livewire Express. He played Bass in the band with his brother Charlie, and friends Steve and Pat. Several years later, Don married Laurie on December 5, 1984, in Cassopolis, MI.

In 1981, Don and Laurie gave birth to their first-born daughter, Jessica Lynn. They bought a house in Marcellus, MI in 1985 which is where they had raised their family ever since. In 1992, their second daughter, Victoria Rose was born. Don always enjoyed spending time with his family. He especially loved seeing his three grandsons: Gavin, Grayson and Milo.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his loving wife Laurie, and their two daughters Jessica and Victoria (Jordan) Johnson; grandsons Gavin & Grayson Thomas and Milo Hoag; his seven siblings, many nieces & nephews and his mother-in-law Annette Armstrong.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Minnie Danks, grandparents Rudy and Lucy Kelley, his father Calvin Johnson, his stepfather Jerold Warner, his mother Ida Pearl Warner, his father-in-law Jack Mason Sr. Bainbridge and stepfather-in-law Joseph Allen Armstrong.

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  1. To Shirley, and the entire Johnson family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I want to leave you all with this quote that has great meaning for me and I hope it brings you a little comfort.

    Just know that those we LOVE never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.

    Love, Hugs and Prayers to all of you,

    Pam & Bill Oberlander Ferguson

  2. Live wire Express and then Quarter stone. Those were the days. I have many fond memories of Donnie and Laurie as young couples. From playing Tambourine, to Polka dancing! I cherish every one of them!
    RIH Donnie, say Hi to Dave!

  3. We are going to miss our Bubby. As the baby of the group he was always a special addition to the family. Loved watching him play his base, and we could talk for hours about our “Junk” finds. Love and miss you. Van and Margie Crawford

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