Larry W. Johnson, 65, of Stonington passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital where he had been a patient for almost a week after a courageous battle with cancer for over 9 years.
Larry was born October 31, 1943, in Escanaba, Michigan to Victor and Myrtle Johnson. He was raised in Stonington and graduated from Rapid River High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1964, and went to Fort Knox, KY for basic training. He was a Vietnam era veteran serving in Germany as a truck and tank mechanic during the war. While in the military Larry received a metal and accommodations for his rifle skills.
After the service Larry worked as a mechanic at Town and Country Motors in Escanaba until he was hired at the Escanaba Paper Mill. He worked in the number 4 paper machine system as the operator of the number 45 winder. He retired from the mill after more than 30 years in 2003. He was a member of the Mead Papermakers 25 year club.
Larry enjoyed NASCAR racing, collecting The Bradford Mint die cast model cars, gardening, going to camp, and spending time with family and friends.