Matthew Ryan Johnson
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Matthew Ryan Johnson, age 39, of Yankton, South Dakota, died as the result of a tragic accident on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, July 17 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 6:45 PM, followed by a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday at the church.

Matthew was born February 25, 1979 in Yankton, South Dakota to Roger and Mary Rose (Arens) Johnson. He grew up in Yankton and attended Yankton High School. Matt could fix about anything and worked most of his life in construction including plumbing and building grain bins. Matt moved to Indianapolis, IN in 2003 where he was employed by Holland Roofing and enjoyed the luxury of working and traveling the country. After the passing of his father, Matt moved back to his hometown of Yankton to take care of his mother.

Matthew was always there for his family and friends whenever they needed his help. Matt was quick to lend a tool or an ear. Chances are, if he didn't answer his phone someone had beaten you to the punch because he was already lending his efforts to a project or his spontaneity and sense of adventure had led him outdoors. Matt enjoyed camping, hunting, golfing, kayaking and playing tennis. He also enjoyed photography, music, reading and Sudoku puzzles. Matt rooted for the New York Yankees and cheered on the Denver Broncos. Above all, family came first and he was the favorite uncle to his beloved nieces and nephews.

Matt will be greatly missed by his mother, Mary Johnson of Yankton; six brothers and sisters: Stephanie (Mike) Reed of Lincoln, NE, Philip Johnson of Indianapolis, IN, Sara (Al) Lipka of Lincoln, NE, Christopher Johnson of Yankton, Nicholas (Christy) Johnson of Yankton and Amber Johnson of Yankton; son, Daxton Comstock; 13 aunts and uncles; nine nieces and nephews; and a LOT of cousins.

Matt was preceded in death by his father, Roger Johnson on September 13, 2005; grandparents: Paul and Evelyn Johnson and Henry and Sally Arens; and five aunts and uncles.

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Your smile and laugh will be missed, your infectious positive attitude will be missed, your ability to put me in a goofy and good mood within seconds will be missed, not being able to call/text/see you whenever, will be missed, YOU will be missed my friend, my cousin. RIP

Diana S

It breaks my heart to see him go. He was so good to everyone, especially you Mary. I've never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. He will be greatly missed and I'll miss all the awesome hugs he gave to me, his favorite aunt.

Joyce Keel

Sara, Al, Jackson and Family, We were so saddened to hear of the tragic loss of your dear Matthew. Our deepest sympathy is extended to you and your family.
Travis Gunderson & Beccy Jensen
Midwest Bank

Your love was so amazing. Everyone knew how you felt about them and your kindness to everyone was amazing. I will remember at my dad's retirement party the jokes, smiles, and goofiness. It was so good to just talk with you and catch up. I will miss you dearly cousin.

Love you Sandy B

Condolences to all of the Johnson family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss.

Bill, Deb, Billy, Justin Lippert

I didn't know Matt very well, only met him a handful of times, but I liked him immensely. We both had a summer job doing corn detasseling back in 1994. A couple days in, the boss fired half the crew, including me, early in the morning. Since we all came in on a bus to this field in the middle of nowhere, those of us who got fired had to sit in the bus till the end of the workday. I'm 13 years old at the time and freaked out because I just got fired from my first job. Matt saw that a bunch of us got fired for no apparent reason, he said a few colorful things to the boss and quit in protest. Then he spent the rest of the day sitting on the bus with rest of us, cracking jokes about our former boss and keeping everyone entertained. That guy was so funny. I wish I had known him better.


Matt, you are in a lot of my most favorite teenage memories. You were a great friend and you had the best smile and laugh. My condolences to your family.

Jen V

We are saddened to hear of Matthew's passing. Sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Tom and Yoko Gullikson

Mary we are so sorry for your loss. I liked Matt immediately the first time I met him! He loved his family deeply and always talked about you and how proud he was of his sibling and their families. Our condolences to all of you.

Mary & Jim DeLozier

Nick and Family,
We are sending you all, Love and Prayers. We are deeply sorry for the loss of you son and brother.

Jane,Ryan, Ross and Michaela Wuestewald

Mary & Family, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers, Matt will be dearly missed.

Sincerely Charity & Darren Hento & Family

Mary and family I am truly sorry for the loss of your son and brother Matt. I know how close you all are and how you will miss Matt. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very tragic and difficult time!

Sincerely, Lyle and Connie LaCroix

Lots of love and hugs to the Johnson family. This is such sad news. May you all find peace in this incredibly hard time.


Stephanie, I am so, so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. Please know that you will be in my prayers for many months to come. God Bless your family.

Sincerely, Tammy (Hill) Kokesh

I'm so sorry for your loss! I worked a lot with Matt building grain bins. We became good friends. My sympathies to the entire Johnson family!

I was younger than Matt growing up and knew Chris better. Honestly only met Matt a handful of times. He struck me as so funny and friendly. Matt stuck up for me once when we were kids. I'lll never gorget that. Anti bully, with a badass attitude. Hey Chris, this is Joey Fokken's brother John. This was heartbreaking news. I wish I knew what to say.

John D Fokken

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