Bud Johnson, 87, of Suttons Bay, passed away on Dec. 20, 2017 at Munson Medical Center.
His last day on this earth was spent surrounded by many loving family members. He gave us a day to remember forever. We were very lucky that he was still living in his own home, driving every day and working, of course. He loved his work.
He was born in Traverse City on April 22, 1930 to the late Louie and Nettie Johnson. Bud graduated from St. Francis High School and was a United States Army Veteran.
On Nov. 24, 1956 he married Janice Eblacker. They were together for 59 years until her passing in May of 2016.
He started his own business as a general contractor and was in business for 62 years. Bud built many things around Northern Michigan such as Tom's Food Markets and numerous churches, which were each a different denomination.
He is survived by his loving family and friends who will miss him beyond words; daughters, Becky Johnson and Jayne Schroeder (Mike); son, Ed Johnson (Shelley); daughter, Annie Hill (Matt); grandchildren, Austin Johnson (Hilary), Morgan Siemer (Kyle), Monica McDaniel (Lance), Katrina Torgerson, Nicole Schroeder and Andy Hill; great-grandson, Benjamin McDaniel; goddaughter, Amy Phipps; sisters-in-law, Shirley Johnson and Joyce Waldo; many nieces and nephews, including Sue Gibson (who was and continues to be so much help); and his kitty, Sunny.
Bud had such high regard for Dr. Corpus, his cardiologist, who gave us many extra years with him.
Some of Bud's favorite things in life were traveling throughout the country, his two homes in Arizona that he enjoyed fixing up, camping in his motor homes from years ago all the way to his current vintage Airstream, working almost every day with his son and grandson and attending his kids' and then grandkids' sporting events (especially ski racing, which he was involved with for over 40 years); it's not going to be the same without him on the ski hill. His favorite thing of all by far though, was his family.
A private ceremony will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in the spring followed by a celebration of his life with friends and family.
Published on February 3, 2018