Earl G. Johnson, age 78, of Yankton, South Dakota died unexpectedly and peacefully on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at his home.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be 1:00 PM on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown, South Dakota with military honors provided by the Codington County American Legion Post 17 in Watertown. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.
Pallbearers are Don Hento, Steve Willcuts, Virgil Buxcel, Bob Muth, and Ron Bertsch. Honorary pallbearers are Dave Fischer, George Miller, and Charles Lausen.
Earl was born on July 29, 1936, in Watertown, South Dakota, to Engvold and Emma Johnson. He was raised in Watertown where he finished high school and graduated from the University of South Dakota at Springfield with an Education degree. Earl went on to teach at Edgemont, South Dakota and developed into a successful basketball coach as well as a Jr. High Principal. During this time he served honorably as a U.S. Army Sergeant from 1960 to 1965 and received a distinguished award service from the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
Earl moved to Yankton to teach at the local high school. While in Yankton, he was united in marriage to Veronica P. Regacho on September 5, 1969. He went on to pursue his Masters Degree in Education from Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Earl then moved back to Yankton to develop an arts and industrial arts program at the Yankton High School. He retired from the Yankton School District in 1999 with 30 plus years of eminent service.
Earl was an accomplished art teacher, a generous individual who loved teaching and was passionate about enlightening young minds through higher education. He continued teaching after his retirement, volunteering during the summer as an instructor for the ceramic youth session with the Yankton Parks and Recreational Department. He enjoyed taking walks on the Meridian Bridge and along the Lewis and Clark Lake, landscaping, traveling, painting and fishing with his grandchildren. He was an active and dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Earl is survived by his wife, Veronica Johnson; two children, Gil (Tina) Johnson Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Susan (Patrick) Gengler Lake Crystal, Minnesota; five grandchildren Emma, Claire, and Aiden Johnson and Samuel and Charlie Gengler.
He is preceded in death by his parents Engvold and Emma Johnson.
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So sorry to hear about the sudden passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the peace of God bring you comfort.
Susan and Family - I am so sorry for the loss of Earl. He was one of my very favorite teachers in high school and I also have many fond memories of him at our meets. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Leah (Rhoades) Van Berkum
Vicki, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Butch (Gilbert), and Susan at this difficult time. I always enjoyed visiting with Earl and I know he will be missed by you and the Yankton community, especially his former students and the education community that he served so well.
Veronica, Susan, & Gil:
So very sorry to learn of Earl's unexpected passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeff & Jean Liudahl
We are so sorry for your loss, please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Darren and Charity Hento
Vicki my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
I am so sorry for your loss
I was sadden to hear he had passed away I first had met him when he was a teacher at the high school!! He was a very likeable guy, he will truly be missed!! My thoughts and prayers are with the family, rest in peace.
Veronica, Butch, Susan and families---we are so sorry to hear of Earl's sudden death. He was a great man and we have enjoyed being neighbors. and have many memories of the fun times we spent at swim meets with our kids. I will miss seeing him out our window! You are all in our thoughts and prayers, may his memory bring you peace and comfort.
Nancy and Pat Zelenka
Johnson Family - We are thinking of you as you celebrate Earl's remarkable life and memories.
Nancy and Dick Reddy
I am truly sorry for your loss. There is not grieving message that can express how much you will miss him. Thinking of you during this sad time.
Kara (Anderberg) Buettgenback
Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barbara Dunn Danielson
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Johnson. He was one on my favorite teachers in high school (class of 1967) and one of my most influential instructors. I seriously considered a career in architecture as a result of the classes I took from him, but when I found out how much advanced math was required, I changed my mind. I often thought of Earl in later years when I was involved in the house building business and I had to deal with floor plans and reading them. I extend my sympathy to the family.
Sympathies to all. We will certainly miss bantering with him at Fryn' Pan! Ha! Ha!
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers...
Tim & Deanna Garvey
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