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Leland F. Johnson

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Leland Frederick Johnson, 85, of Gaylord, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

He was born to Theron and Laura (Westcot) Johnson on September 25, 1936.

Lee married his high-school sweetheart Nancy Garner on January 26, 1957.

He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and camping. His wooden creations have been gifted to numerous people, and he was especially proud that his famous B.S. grinders were in homes across the nation. Lee was also an avid traveler who spent his winters in Alamo, TX. He was known for his square-dancing skills. Lee’s most favorite time spent was with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He made friends everywhere he went, and when asked how he was, the answer was always the same: “finer than frog’s hair split three ways!”

Lee was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; children, Suzanne (Jim) Ryder of Kingsley, MI, Timothy (Rita) Johnson of Gaylord, MI, and Laura (Rick) Neal of Manchester, MI; grandchildren, Hannah Ryder, Lisa (Matt) Daly, Christina (Buddy) Pardo, Zachary Johnson, Kyle (Amanda) Neal, and Jake (Kelly) Neal, eight great-grandchildren, and sister, Thera Reed of Tucson, AZ.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, PO Box 1153, Gaylord, MI 49735.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

9 comments on “Leland F. Johnson”

  1. Dear Nancy and family, we are so sorry to hear about Lee. I have been thinking about our special times with our Hayes Tower friends when we first moved to Gaylord. May God bless your family at this sad time. Nancy Forcier

    • Jodie & Tim Samkowiak

      Dear Nancy and all the kids and grandkids,
      We are so very sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. He was always so good to us, had a smile on his face 100% of the time, and was so kind. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

      • Ken and Linda Gries

        Dear Nancy and family,
        So sorry to hear about Lee. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We from Peace Lutheran will miss his friendly and smiling face.

        • Michael Burzynski

          Tim & Rita, so sorry to hear of sad news.
          My thoughts on Lee,
          What a man. Without question a real man’s man. I had the pleasure and enjoyment to work with Lee at Shell Oil Co. for many years. Often wondered was there anything he could not fix or repair. I have worked alongside many skilled craftsmen. Lee was in the top tier, a number one draft pick. When all else failed and you were out of ideas, here pulls up Lee and the blue work truck. Right then you know the day is saved, and things will be fixed and you can go home for the night. Lee was kind, thoughtful, and generous with his time. Lee would encourage and uplift your spirit and boost your morale. I’m so thankful that I was able to know and work with him. So here is my tribute to Lee and my last radio mic sign-off.
          “Thanks, Lee for all the help, see you tomorrow # 87 out”

          • Nancy- I am so sorry for your loss and especially for his friends, like me, who always enjoyed our fun conversations of life and family. God bless his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren may they forever have wonderful memories to share.

            • Jim and Barbara Kurbel

              Dear Nancy and Family,

              We were so sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. What a wonderful man he was, but of course, you all know this. He will be greatly missed by all who were privileged enough to know him, especially his church family at Peace Lutheran. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have passed away.” Lee now rests peacefully in the arms of his Savior. May you and your family find comfort in the word at this sorrowful time and know that you all are in our prayers.

              • Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing, I know what you are going through, take care of yourself and I will try to call you soon. Love to you and your family.

                • Ray and Jo Ann Mater

                  Dear Nancy, so sorry about the loss of your husband Lee. Worked with him all the time I was in Gaylord. Our prayers are with you and your family.

                  Ray and Jo Ann Mater

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