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Duane Roy Johnson

FAITHORN, Mich. - Duane Roy Johnson, age 76, of Faithorn, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, at his home in Faithorn in Menominee County.

He was born on July 8, 1947, in Wakefield the son of the late Roy and Marie (Delich) Johnson.

Duane graduated from Bessemer High School in 1965 and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.

After the service, Duane worked for a candy factory in Milwaukee, then moved home to work for White Pine Mine and then Hibbing Taconite. After that, he welded for Kiser-Johnson Hydro, Lodal and Marinette Marine. He was a truck driver for many years until his retirement in 2015.

He married Shirley Hanna on Nov. 6, 1982, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Faithorn.

Duane was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to his camp, watching his great nephew's hockey games and spending time with his dog, Josie.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Carey (Charles) Pierce of Texas, Kristie Johnson of Las Vegas, Jamie (Phil) Koutnick of Milwaukee and Jocelyn Johnson of Green Bay; sister, Doreen (Dale Walker) Anderson of Bessemer; brother-in-law, Richard (Suzanne) Hanna of Faithorn; sister-in-law, Carla (John) Lawniczak of Ohio; nieces, Dara (Joe Leske) Anderson, Melissa (Jeremy Johnson) Anderson, Amber (Sean) Hanna and Angie (Sandeep) Narang; nephews, Andre (Kristin) Hanna and Casey (Scott Aiken) Kelly; great-nephews Cody Dauwalter and Caden Sterling; and his three hockey buddies, Oliver, Cooper and Ethan Hanna.

Duane was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, David Anderson; niece, April Sterling; and nephew, Kyle Kelly.

According to Duane's wishes there will be no funeral services.

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The Ortman Funeral Home in Norway is in charge of arrangements.