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Clarence D. “Buck” Johnson

TILDEN TWP, MI – Clarence D. “Male” Johnson, 90, a resident of Tilden Township, died Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility while under the loving care of his family, UP Home Health and Hospice and MCMCF staff.

Buck was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on September 25, 1931, the son of the late Elizabeth (Schaffer) and Raymond Johnson.

As a teenager, Buck worked in the woods and then at the Morris mine before serving in the U.S. Army from November 1953, until his honorary discharge in October 1955. After his release from service, Buck then spent more than 30 years with the Marquette County Road Commission, where he worked as an equipment operator, then supervisor, retiring in 1991 as a supervisor.

Buck was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Ishpeming ELKS Lodge #447. He and Alice traveled and watched many Westwood High School Boys and Girls basketball games. They drove with friends to local and out of town casinos. Buck and Alice have also traveled extensively, visiting numerous national parks and taking several trips to spend time along the Gulf of Mexico.

He was an avid fisherman, loved to fish on Lake Superior and had two fishing trips to Alaska, and was a member of Trout Unlimited. Buck enjoyed picking, baking and making blueberries and teaching others how to make Juustoa (Finnish squeaky cheese). The time spent at Schweitzer Basin in Annala Homestead was also time he treasured.

Buck was always ready to help his friends and family and could always be counted on to provide what his loved ones needed. He was always looking for opportunities to be able to give to others.

Buck is survived by his wife; Alice (Annala) Johnson, whom he married September 26, 1953, two children; Jeffrey (Marion) Johnson, Jill (Roger) Mullins, six grandchildren; Jaclyn Johnson, Molly Johnson, Kara (Jon) Valenzuela, Ashley Dix, Alyssa Dix and Cassandra (Kyle) Kotajarvi, four great-grandchildren; Kellie Miles, Jaedon Pole, Everett and Isabella Hill, four sisters; Joan (Andrew) Solka, Grace (Kenneth) Saari, Marianne (David) French and one brother; Robert (Marlene) Johnson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Buck was predeceased by his parents, one daughter; Jodi Dix, infant son; David, five sisters; Beverly (Donald) Magnuson, Judith (Art) Dixon, Betty (Theodore) Pepin, Shirley (Herbert) Kelly, Jeanette (Doug) McNeil and one brother; Raymond (Ruth) Johnson.

Buck’s family will welcome relatives and friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Faith Lutheran Church, where his funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Bishop Emeritus Thomas Skrenes officiating.

Buck’s service will be streamed live on the Faith Lutheran Church Facebook page https://www.face

The pallbearers will be Buck’s grandchildren. Burial will be in Ishpeming Cemetery.

The UP-Funeral Honor team will bestow military honours.

A luncheon will be held in the parish hall after the service.

Memorials may be addressed to Faith Lutheran Church 180 Co. Rd. PPO Ishpeming, MI 49849, in memory of Buck.

Buck’s family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Huffman and his nurse, Marcie, for the many years caring for Buck, and the wonderful care of the nurses at UP Health System – Bell and St. Vincent Hospital, as well than , those of MCMCF and UP Home Health and Hospice.

Buck’s obituary can be viewed at, where relatives and friends can leave a note of remembrance.

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