August 24, 1926 - July 28, 2017
Funeral services for Gaylord will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruning, Nebraska with Pastor Stuart Sell officiating. Visitation will begin Monday, 1 pm until 8 pm at the Farmer & Son Funeral Home in Geneva, Nebraska with family greeting friends from 5 until 7. Graveside service with Military Honor's will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Bruning, Nebraska following the service. Memorials are directed to the Bruning Alumni Association, Trinity Lutheran Church or Bruning Volunteer Fire Department. Gaylord Newell Johnson was born August 24, 1926 in Bruning, NE to Christof and Amelia (Eppler) Johnson. He passed away July 28, 2017 at Heritage Crossings in Geneva, NE after a sudden diagnosis of cancer. He was one of eight children and spent most of his time working the farm. He loved horses and his Ford coupe. After graduating Bruning High School, he entered the Navy in late 1944, where he served in WWII on the USS Rodman and the war plane carrier Bunker Hill. After the war, he continued work on the farm and then carried mail for the US Postal Service. During this time, he was also the lead singer for the Mickey Kull Band and the Rhythmaires. He became a certified single-engine airplane pilot in 1948 and worked as a cropduster. Gaylord married Dolores Marie Norder September 15, 1956 and he adopted her children as his own on April 25, 1957. He carried mail for 35 years and also drove school bus for Bruning-Davenport schools for 40 years. He enjoyed following BDS sports. A lifelong outdoorsman, he loved fishing, hunting, boating, and camping. It brought him great joy to teach his family members to fish. Gaylord was a Boy Scout leader, in the American Legion, and volunteered for the Bruning Fire Department. He lived in the Bruning area all of his life and was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where his tenor voice filled the sanctuary. Whether at the cafe or with his family, Gaylord could always tell a good story. He lived life with a playful and genuine spirit. His heart was full of unconditional love and warmth that will be cherished. Gaylord was preceded in death by his parents Christof "Tip" and Amelia Johnson. Also preceding him in death were sisters Leona (Mrs. Fieldon Hawks), Dorothy (Mrs. Paul Raines), Arlene Johnson, and Darlene (Mrs. Darrell Messman); brothers Vernon Johnson and Ronald Johnson; and son-in-law Gary Dittmer. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dolores Johnson of Bruning, son Terry Johnson and wife Sue of Lincoln, daughter Kay Rathje and husband Rick of Roseland, daughter Debby Sylvester and Gary Tucker of Denver, son J. Kelly Johnson and wife Deb of Elkhorn, and sister Verienne (Mrs. Rev. Robert Hulse) of Emporia, KS, brother-in-law Paul Raines of Garden City, MO, sister-in-law Lola Johnson of Bruning; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren: Julie Kuntze & husband Darin, children Ella & Ian; Jill Koegel & husband Eric, children Bradyn & Delaney; Ben Johnson & wife Crystal, son Jacob; Yancy Dittmer & wife Melissa, children Garrett & Addison; William Rathje & wife Megan, children Makenna, Macy, & Wyatt; Dillon Dittmer & wife Cassandra, children Teagan & Brooks; Weston Rathje & wife Rachel, children Isabel & Lana; Jared Rathje; Amy Peck & husband Brian, children Jarod, Mason, & Dillon; Tony Johnson & wife Susan; Brett Sander & wife Angie, children Alex & Avery; Brandi Petrik & husband Nick, children Addison & Auden; Shawn Johnson & wife Mindy; Calen Johnson & wife Jessica; son Leeland.
Funeral services for Gaylord will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruning, Nebraska with Pastor Stuart Sell officiating. Visitation will begin Monday, 1 pm until 8 pm at the Farmer & Son Funeral Home... View Obituary & Service Information
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