Stephen Alfred Johnson, age 69 of L'Anse, MI passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Omega House in Houghton, MI.
He was born June 11, 1949 in Pontiac, MI son of Theodore and Anne (Zivicnyak) Johnson. In 1967 Stephen graduated form Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, MI, he then went into the US Navy for 4 years during Vietnam. He was on the maiden voyage of the John F. Kennedy. Stephen received a bachelor's degree from NMU in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He worked as a social worker at Keweenaw Academy and then for Wisconsin prison system. Stephen retired in 2003 when he moved back to L'Anse to help care for his parents. He also owned Huron Bay Construction Co.
Stephen loved building, hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and feeding animals. He enjoyed singing and dancing. He was very compassionate and kind; reaching out to anyone in need. He was also dedicated to Veterans and helping them.
Surviving are his brother, Theodore (Janet) Johnson of Calumet, sisters, Salli Gruca of Shelby Twp, Mary Johnson of Fort Collins, CO; nieces and nephews, Christine Meinke, Tim Meinke, Kirk Meinke Michael (Bernetia) Johnson, Patrick (Michelle) Gruca, John (Shawna) Gruca, Jennifer (Michael Banville) Gruca; numerous great nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; sister Susan Meinke; and brother-in-law Dr. John Gruca.
There will be graveside services at the Mt. Hope Catholic Cemetery in Pontiac, MI.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to either the Omega House, 2211 Maureen Ln, Houghton, MI 49931, Baraga County Area Veterans, 505 Superior Ave, Baraga, MI 49908, or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
The Jacobson Funeral Home in L'Anse is assisting the family.
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