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Charles “Charlie” R. Johnson

Charles “Charlie”  R. Johnson Charles “Charlie”  R. Johnson


Charlie was born on Feb. 2, 1940 in Medford to Carl (Arthur) and Charlotte Johnson. He attended Medford area school and graduated from Medford High School in 1958. He worked for the Melvin Companies for a brief time prior to joining the U.S. Navy, where he served for four years. After the service, he worked at Northwest Airlines in Chicago, Ill. and later transferred to Minneapolis, Minn. He married the love of his life, Darlene Bolz in 1966. In 1967, Charlie and Darlene moved back to the Medford area. Charlie resumed his employment with the Melvin Companies. He remained employed until his time of death, 53 years later. Charlie always boasted on how well the company treated him, just like family.

Charlie enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing, especially his Thursday afternoon golf outings with his golf companions, Harry Frosch and Dane Bolz, with a stop over at the VFW after. Charlie was honored and proud to take part in his trip of a lifetime on the Honor Flight to Washington DC in April 2019. He always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Darlene; his son, James (Lisa) Johnson of Medford; daughter, Jennifer (Jason) Hess of Medford; grandsons, Dylan and Devyn Thomas of Medford; granddaughters, Jessica and Jaxsyn Johnson of Medford; sisters, Elaine Paulson and Marilyn (Richard) Miller, all of Medford; many nieces and nephews; and special mention for his “second” son, Shawn Mattke, of Medford.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Carl Biehlke; and brothers-in-law, Conrad Bolz and Bill Paulson.

The family requests any memorial contributions be made to the family to be used at a later date.

Hope Hospice and the Cremation Society of Wisconsin assisted the family with arrangements.

Paid Obituary 83739

Charles “Charlie” R. Johnson, 79, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 6, 2020, under the care of Hope Hospice. A celebration of life will take place on May 30, 2020 at his home. Please come and share Charlie’s stories.