Obituary: David W. Johnson

by Jim Dittmann
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David W. Johnson, age 67 of Beaver Dam, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 27, 2015 athome.

David was born on December 9, 1947 in Fond du Lac, the son of Lyle and Violet (Kurth) Johnson. He was united in marriage to Carol Rasmussen on October 5, 1965. In his earlier years, David was the Police Chief in Poynette and later worked for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department. He served as the head of the Tri-County Drug Task Force. Throughout the years, David worked for several area electricians. He was a member of IBEW Local 159 in Madison, joining in 1994 and graduated from NTI in 2003. David was also a union instructor, teaching OSHA First Aid, CPR and Commercial Wearing. David was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his family. His family was his pride and joy, and he especially cherished the time he spent with hisgrandchildren. Memories of dunking cookies with the boys during deer hunting will be forever cherished.

David is survived by his wife, Carol of Beaver Dam; his children, Corey Johnson of Beaver Dam, Patti (Greg) Elsing of Dalton and Kristi Mays of Beaver Dam; his grandchildren, Joseph and Jacob Mays, Morgan, Bryce and Brianna Johnson, Brent and Amanda Elsing; his sister, Donna (Ronald) Culver of Beaver Dam; brother-in-law, Mark Rasmussen of Montello; special supportive friends, Keith, Bailey and Bob Pattee; and further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, Betty and Ken Rasmussen; daughter-in-law, Lisa Johnson in 2000 and other relatives.

A funeral service for David will be held on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1310 N. Center St., Beaver Dam with Rev. Collin Vanderhoof officiating. Entombment will take place at Ledgeview Memorial Park in Fond du Lac.

Visitation for David will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam and also on Monday, prior to the service at church, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at

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