OBITUARY: WARREN “DOC” JOHNSON JR.
Warren “Doc” Johnson Jr., age 88, of Elcho, died Monday, March 14, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Waukesha on March 25, 1927, to Warren and Elsie (Phillips) Johnson Sr. Doc lived in Delafield and was a graduate of Delafield High School. He served his country in the Navy during WWII and was a medic stationed in Hawaii. After the war, Doc returned to the Delafield area where he served and completed a plumbing apprenticeship. He was united in marriage to Hazel Hagen in Rhinelander on Aug. 11, 1951. The couple moved to Rhinelander in 1955, and in 1957 Doc started Elcho Plumbing and Heating. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Elcho. Doc was one of the first presidents and a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and was a very active outdoorsman. Doc was also a past president and member of Elcho/Pelican Lake Lions Club. Surviving are his children, Maryann Bruggmann of Germany, Carolann (Chip) Schoeneck of Rhinelander and Peter Johnson of Elcho; a brother, Walter W. (Kathleen) Johnson of Flagstaff, Ariz.; a step-sister, Mardelle Hansen of Deltona, Fla.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Doc is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Hazel Johnson in 2011; and by a son, Bill Johnson. The visitation for Doc will be held Thursday, March 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home. There will be a second visitation Friday, March 25, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the United Church of Christ, located at N11291 Dorr Street, Elcho. Pastor Dana Schindler will officiate. Interment will immediately follow at the Elcho Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Doc may be given the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association or to the Elcho High School Scholarship Fund. Doc’s family wishes to thank Dr. Lakshmi Deep, the Clinic Staff at Aspirus Elcho Clinic and Doc’s caregivers. (Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home)