Howard C. Johnson, July 8, 1943 - November 17, 2017

Howard C. Johnson
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Howard Clare Johnson, age 74 of Eau Claire, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Howard was born July 8, 1943, in Eau Claire to Clare and Evelyn (Ahneman) Johnson. He attended school in Elk Mound and Mondovi. His work path started at Laverne and Beverly Ausman farm in Elk Mound and Pleasant Valley Creamery in Cleghorn.

On July 18, 1964, Howard married his wife of 53 years, Donna (Johnson). They began farming together in Drammen township until they purchased their own farm in 1969, in Pleasant Valley. They built a new barn in 1976, using the materials he logged and milled from the farm. Howard’s hard work and passion for agriculture earned him the Eau Claire County Outstanding Land Conservation Commission Cooperator in 1982, and he served 3 consecutive terms on the FSA Eau Claire County Conservation Board from 1997 to 2006.

Even though Howard’s health issues limited his mobility and ability to physically farm, his will power and determination kept him actively engaged in farming and draft horses, through his entire life. There was always a smile on his face, front door opened wide, with a cup of coffee and plate of sweets offered to friends and family stopping by.

Howard’s love of working with his hands showed in his pastime of woodworking. He spent endless hours building items that were lovingly given as gifts. He spent much of his last couple of years building his own maple casket, from trees on the farm.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; son Tim (Linda) of Eau Claire, Susan (Jim) Poeschel of Mondovi, Cyndi (Ryan) Heath of Eleva, four grandchildren; Trent and Brooke Johnson, Jessie (Brady) Tiffany of Mondovi, and Kolton Heath, one great-grandchild; Brantley Tiffany, brothers and sister; Arnold (Irene) of Altoona, Sharon (Joe) Hanson of Elk Mound, Bob (Karen) of Mondovi, Bill (Kathie) of Eleva, Allen (Donna) of Mondovi , sister-in-law; Shirley Baertsch of Portage, brother-in-law; Mike (Jackie) Johnson of Eau Claire, aunt; Pat Ahnemen of Eau Claire, father-in-law; Verlyn Kirchhoff of Eau Claire, step grandchildren; Laura (Mitch) Berger, Meghan (Trevor) Rud, Sophie (Nick) Volden, step great-grandchildren; Ian, Kamden, Kaylen, Colin, Paislee, and Boone,  many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Proceeding him in death were his parents, infant sister Janis, infant brother, sister; Betty, nephew; Rev. David Johnson, sister-in-law; Judy Johnson, brother-in-law; Rick Baertsch, half-brother and wife; Ken and Arlene Jerdee, mother-in-law; Dolores Kirchhoff, father-in-law; Andrew Johnson.

Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, E3720 County Rd HH, Eleva, WI 54738 with Pastor Timothy Moe officiating.  Visitation will take place at Zion Lutheran Church on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 from 5-7 pm and again at the church Wednesday morning, November 22, 2017 from 10 am until the time of service.  Burial will take place in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Cleghorn immediately following the funeral service.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, is assisting the family with arrangements.


  1. Frank and Ellen Yule November 21, 2017

    God received another wonderful guy, another bright star in the sky. We sure will miss him, loved visiting with him and Donna. Didn't do it often enough. He will be doing all the things in heaven he couldn't do on this earth and enjoying every minute of it. I am sure all the Cleghorn people will be there waiting and welcoming him. We will all see each other again someday.

  2. Aemi Thompson November 20, 2017

    Hey Cousins, sorry to see Howie has started a new project. I am sure he will find some beautiful trees and enjoy watching over all of the family from above. Hugs to everyone.

  3. Theresa Stipek November 20, 2017

    I am so sorry to see this in the paper. My folks, Izzy and Vera Koss were friends of Howie's folks....and I remember going to their farms to visit. What a beautiful writing of his life. Our sympathy to all of you.

  4. Bob and Kathy Mesang November 20, 2017

    So sorry for your loss, I'll always remember that big smile. May your memories console you during this difficult time.

  5. Ruth Erickson November 18, 2017

    Donna, Sue, Tim, Cyndi & Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength, comfort and peace needed during this difficult time.

    Mick, Ruth, Marcus, Mitch & Chanel