Jun 30, 1932 - Mar 1, 2020
David Johnson, 87, of Shoshoni passed away at his home on Sunday, March 01, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March, 07, 2020, at the Shoshoni Senior Center. Inurnment will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Lakeview Cemetery with full military honors.
David Devere Johnson was born on June 30, 1932 in Marsland, NE to Earl and Beryl (Blackmer) Johnson. He grew up in Marsland with his four brothers and four sisters. Dave attended elementary school at Riverside Country School – a 1 room, 1-teacher school, riding horses to and from, and high school in Marsland, NE.
Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 03, 1948 and served during the Korean War as an Infantry Recon Scout. He was honorably discharged as a Private 1st Class on December 28, 1951 and returned to Nebraska.
On September 12, 1955 he married the love of his life, Shirley Ann McCue in Gering, NE. They celebrated their 64th anniversary this last September. Together they raised three children, Ben, Linda, and Brenda. He ranched in the Sandhills of Nebraska and was blessed by the birth of his son, Ben. Shortly after Ben was born, Dave loaded up his little family and moved to Wyoming changing occupations from ranching to road construction, working for such companies as Boatright Smith, Rissler-McMurry, and Brasel and Sims. At that time he was blessed by daughters, Linda and Brenda. Dave and his family moved from job to job living out of a camper trailer eventually settling down in Shoshoni, WY. It was there he built his home, started his business, “Johnson Grading” and made Shoshoni his forever home. He was known for his keen blade operating skills near and far.
He was a member of the Shoshoni V.F.W. and the Riverton Elks Club.
During his early years, Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing pool. Most recently, Dave still enjoyed shooting a game or two of pool at the Shoshoni Senior Center, but mostly enjoyed trying his luck at the casino. He also loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Shirley Johnson of Shoshoni; daughter, Linda Smith and husband, Rod of Riverton, granddaughters; Amber, Ashley, and Anna Smith; great grandchildren, Teighan and Kambree; daughter, Brenda Johnson of Bridgeport, NE, grandsons Danny, Donald, and Devin Eggleston, great granddaughter, Elena; son Ben’s family, grandson, David Johnson and wife, Andrea, great grandchildren, Roman, Zella, Zoey, and coming soon Luka Benjamin of Billings, MT, granddaughter, Sarah Rehn and husband Darrin, great grandsons, Seth and Dylan of Billings, MT, and grandson Zachary Vogel and family of Riverton, WY; brother Arnold Johnson and wife, Myrna; sister, Topsy Wilkins; special adopted family Amber and Drew Dye and precious lil Cassidy; and many other special neighbors and friends of Shoshoni.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Beryl Johnson; son Ben Johnson; brothers, Floyd, Roy, and Ray; and sisters, Pard, Bonnie, and Opal.
Memorials may be made to Shoshoni Senior Center or Shoshoni Lysite Cemetery District in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.