David Malcolm Johnson (“Dave Mac”), age 69 of rural Blanchardville, born March 19, 1953, passed away at 3:18 PM on October 14, 2022. The youngest of three children to Malcolm and Elizabeth (Bruehlman) Johnson, Dave lived most of his life in the Blanchardville area as a cheese factory worker, fire department volunteer, electrician, and propane truck driver. Dave was an early member of the Centurion Motorcycle Club, and Veteran of the US Army.
Dave grew up on a dairy farm on Old Q where he’d dam up the creek, pretend to be Davy Crockett, run with his cousins, and learn how much he loved the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycle, and playing cards. From the land, rivers, and lakes came his personal delicacies: fried fish, squirrel gravy, or pickled beets. Dave enjoyed reading about Wisconsin and military history, citing dates and battle statistics when topics arose.
Dave served 2 years active duty in the US Army as a medic prior to joining the Army National Guard. While in the Guard, Dave was deployed to serve in Operation Desert Storm as a truck driver and was stationed in Kuwait.
He is survived by one son, Jesse (Stacy) Johnson and three beloved grandchildren: Emery, Grady, and Milo whose sporting events he loved watching and in whom he sparked a love of fishing. He is also survived by sisters Linda (Steve) Dieckhoff and Katherine Johnson-Becklin (fiancé Bob Hetico), his former wife Karen (Payne) Johnson, plus nieces, nephews, cousins, and their children.
A visitation for Dave will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at Blanchard Hall at 204 South Main Street in Blanchardville. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the Yellowstone Lutheran Church.
The service will be livestreamed on the Saether Funeral Service Facebook page.
Rev. Dan Bohlman will officiate. Burial will be in the Yellowstone Lutheran Church Cemetery with veteran’s graveside honors by the United States Army. Saether Funeral Service of Blanchardville is assisting the family. Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at saetherfuneralservice.com.