**UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION: A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3703 Old 27 South, Gaylord, MI 49735.
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.