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Dale Johnson - Departed on Jan 02, 2018 - Allouez, WI
Dale Johnson - Departed on Jan 02, 2018 - Allouez, WI

Dale Johnson

Born in Green Bay, WI on Mar 29, 1953

Died on Jan 02, 2018 and resided in Allouez, WI

On Tuesday January 2, 2018, Dale Johnson, 64, a true warrior for Christ, finally was set free from his physical challenges and went to Heaven.  He was born March 29, 1953, to Don and Bernice (Kozlovsky) Johnson.  A lifelong Green Bay resident, Dale graduated from East High School in 1972, where he did more fooling around than studying (Dale told me to put this in).  After attending NWTI for a year, he was involved in a car accident in July of 1973, which caused a brain stem injury and left him unconscious for 3 months.  After a difficult rehabilitation, Dale did not allow his physical challenges to limit his accomplishments or his relationships.  Physical fitness remained important to him and he could be found at the Downtown YMCA and later the Broadview Y, and most recently at the Kroc Center.  Dale was so grateful to those who assisted him at the Y and the Kroc, especially Roxie and Karen, Mike Vanryzin, Craig Morford, Joe Bents, Bruce Jackson, Zac Hahn and George Pronald. 

In his younger years, he worked at Consolidated Gas Station in De Pere, and Earl’s Fleet City in Green Bay.  In 1976, he opened Dale’s EZ-Go Gas Self-Service Station on Webster Ave.  He appreciated all of his customers and made many friends there.  In 1986, a diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa forced him to close the station.  Fighting blindness became a priority.  As a fundraiser for Prevent Blindness, he raised over $30,000.  He volunteered for the De Pere Lions Club, sold many a rose, and was instrumental in obtaining sponsorships and participants for the yearly golf outing. He was also a member of the Retired Men’s Club.

Dale taught ski school at Triangle Hill/Bairds Creek and at Pink Panther, through the Press Gazette Ski School.  He was an avid downhill skier and his favorite places to go were Paul Bunyon in Lakewood and Brule in Iron River, MI, with Bob VanderHeyden, Mike Brunette and Dave Kuehler.  In the summer months, he enjoyed trick waterskiing at his grandparents’ cottage in Little Suamico.  The cottage was also the site of frogging with his sister and brother, hunting and fishing.  He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Wisconsin Badgers throughout his life. 

His sense of humor—a hallmark of his character, was a blessing to all.  What others considered catastrophic, he considered a bump in the road.

 After meeting at the Koinona, on April 20, 2002, Dale married Beverly (Kunesh) Kaye, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral with Msgr. Roy Klister officiating.  The two attended Friday night mass at the Abbey, in fact it was their date night.  They were regulars at daily mass at Cathedral, Resurrection, St. Bernards and their current parish, St. Matthew.  Dale and Bev belonged to the Charismatic Prayer Group at St. Matthew, and the Perpetual Help Prayer Group on Tuesday where they recited the rosary and were former members of the Prayer Group at St. Bernards.  They enjoyed travelling to Tucson, Arizona to visit his cousins Kathy and Mickey.  He was a member of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary at St. Agnes.  The Wild Game Feed at St. Matthews was a must year after year.   The two also shared their time and talent, volunteering for the Salvation Army by ringing the bells at Christmas time.

He is survived by his wife, Bev; his parents, Don and Bernice Johnson; his brother, James Johnson and his special friend, Aneta Carriveau; his sister, Debra Johnson; Dale’s stepchildren, Pam (Dave) Nuthals, Lynn (Todd) Princl, Chris (Nicole) Kaye, Jeff (Kim) Kaye; step-grandchildren, Wyatt and Kyle Nuthals, Sawyer and Jordan Princl, Addison, Wesley and Charley Kaye, Michael and Chloe Kaye; two nephews and a niece, James “JP” Johnson, Logan Larson, and Olivia Larson; a brother-in-law, Tom Kunesh and a sister-in-law, Cathy (Don) Fronk; nephews, Jamie Kunesh and Andrew Fronk; his breakfast buddies, his guide dog, Sarge; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a stepson, Michael Kaye, two step-grandchildren, Sean Princl and Belinda Kaye; a sister-in-law, Mary Kunesh; and his leader dog, Shadow and and his guide dog, Toby.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 120 St. Matthew St.  There will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.  The Rosary will be recited at 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church with visitation following from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the church with the Most Reverend David L. Ricken and Rev. Robert Kabat concelebrating.  Entombment will be in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum.  To send online condolences visit www.prokowall.com.  To honor Dale’s love of sports, please feel free to wear your favorite team jersey. 

Dale and Bev have met a lot of angels over the years.  Thank you to Mary McCabe, Mary Zambrowicz, Jayne Schoen, and Sarah Tadajewski who assisted them in their home.  Sarah, your venison meal was Dale’s favorite. Thank you to everyone at St. Vincent Ninth Floor, the medical staff at Green Bay Oncology, and Unity Hospice for their care.  For the past 7 weeks, as his cancer progressed, Dale resided at the Jack and Engrid Meng Residence.  Thank you for the wonderful and compassionate care he received there and for the visits from Dr. Koch and Dr. Scott Stillwell.  A memorial fund has been established for Guide Dogs of the Desert. 

We are so ever grateful for the groves of visitors, the prayers, the masses offered, the candles lit and the kind words during this final journey.  Thank you to the ladies who generously brought food for Bev, first and foremost his mother, Bernice who provided many meals during these past months.

“I Love You More”

Parish Wake Service: Sunday Jan 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church

Visitation: Sunday Jan 7, 2018, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday Jan 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church

Rosary Service: Monday Jan 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church

Visitation: Monday Jan 8, 2018, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Jeane Smits

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