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  • Visitation:  6-8 p.m.  Thursday
  • Funeral:  Private (at his request)

Mr. Donald F. Johnson, age 80, of Greenville, passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 28, 2007 at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods, Byron Center, after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The son of Edward & Mary (Sixberry) Johnson, he was born on April 15, 1927 in Greenville.

After graduating from high school, he married Mary Louise Dunlap on Oct. 31, 1947 in Greenville and had a career with the former Gibson Refrigerator Company that lasted 42 years. He headed the drafting department at the Belding air conditioning plant until it closed. An avid outdoorsman, Don enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing, and was a member of the Flat River Conservation Club, as well as a life-member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 96 F&AM.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin infant children, Donald Jr. and Betty Louise; and two sisters, Margie and Virgilene.

Surviving are his wife of sixty years, Mary L. Johnson of Greenville; their children, Jeffrey William & Dawn Johnson of Rockford, and Rebecca Marie & Murray Dewar of Grand Rapids; a grandson, Jason & Lisa Johnson of Mt. Pleasant; two great grandsons, Jarrad & Hunter Johnson, both at home; a sister, Alice Aylsworth of Greenville; a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Thomas & Anna Mae Dunlap of Greenville, and Becky Dunlap of Belding; his foursome golf partners, Paul Horvath, Bill Thompson, and Doug Weaver; and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring his wishes, private services will be held with burial following at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. Visitation with the family is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. Envelopes for memorial contributions to the First Congregational Church or Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Dons online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on October 28, 2007 at 12:00 am


    11/20/2007 –

    Deanna Kent Whitehead

    Mary I have thought of you and the times at Belding Hospital often. I am sorry to hear about Don. Kelly and I still are friends, take care of yourself and may God bless you.

    11/07/2007 –

    Bud Taylor

    A couple of Memories – When Don knocked me out once whe we had the gloves on – we were about 14, maybe. And then, many fond memories of G.H.S. & football –
    Rest in peace, Hardy.
    Your Pal – Bud Taylor

    11/01/2007 –

    Dennis & Roxanne Griffith

    Dear Mary, Jeff, & Becky. I wished I could have been around to see Don before he passed. I just didnt know that he was even sick. I have learned not to put off till tomorrow what you can do today. I would just like to say that Don was one of my favorite people to run into at Meijers or somewhere. He always had a smile for me and us. It sure was good to see all of you guys. Looking forward to visiting sometime. I recognized the Treasured Seasons from Ecclesiastes 3. A favorite of mine. God Bless, Dennis & Roxanne.

    10/31/2007 –

    Ed & Joyce Finch

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Darold and Leslie Roell Weber

    To Mary and all of Don’s family,
    The years of friendship throughout our childhood and school aged years are frequently reflected upon in our lives. What amazing times together on the athletic field and basketball count. Our happy memories of Don will remain with us for our lifetime. He was a courageous friend in so many ways.
    Our love and support are with you.
    Darold and Leslie Roell Weber

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