Gary Johnson

Gary Lee Johnson

October 20, 1946 - October 1, 2020
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Gary Lee Johnson was born in Brookings, SD on October 20, 1946. He passed away at home in Piedmont on October 1, 2020.
Gary graduated from Volga, SD in 1965. He served in the US Army, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He received his master’s in psychology and worked as a readjustment counselor, where he continued to serve his country and fellow veterans.
Gary’s favorite pastime was walking his beloved Bassett Hound, Roscoe, where he continued to serve others by lending a helping hand, listening, and spreading heartfelt messages unconditionally. He always made time to stop and shake a veteran’s hand and thank them for their service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Johnson and Ramona Allen, and daughter, Naomi Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila Johnson of Piedmont, SD; sons, Josh (Tia) Johnson of Oceanside, CA, and Taylor Johnson of Piedmont, SD; grandchildren, Dawson, Ellie, Ava, and Jagger Johnson of Oceanside, CA; and siblings, Karla (Kevin) Roberts of Dade City, FL, Kevin (Lea) Johnson of Long Beach, MS, and Veronica (Robin) Walker of Biloxi, MS.
Please join Gary's family in a Celebration of Life at the American Legion Post 311, 101 Pine Street, in Piedmont, SD at 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 8, 2020. A private family committal service will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to the Vet Center in Rapid City in his honor.
In Gary’s own words, “You are in my thoughts and prayers, be well”.
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  • Celebration of Life

    October 8, 2020 | 2:30pm
    October 8, 2020 2:30pm
    American Legion Post 311
    101 Pine Street
    Piedmont, SD 57769
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  • Interment

    October 8, 2020 |
    October 8, 2020
    Black Hills National Cemetery
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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    Private Family Committal


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Bruce Cain

Posted at 08:16pm
Dear Sheila, please know that you and Gary have been a very positive gift and blessing to those whom have had the privilege of knowing you. I recall spending many times with him however I remember your many trips made during Namoi good fight. Gary was to me a very tenderhearted friend that I could talk to and automatically expect confidentiality. He was one of a few that I was unable to say goodbye to before we moved from Rapid City.
I believe in my heart that you were his anchor and are to be admired for your patience and love in the mist of some troubling times. I admire you for allowing us and many, many other veterans to have access to Gary. You and your loved ones are in our prayers and may Gary rest in the arms of God. Bruce and Elane Cain

Neil and Peggy Tschetter

Posted at 03:22pm
Sheila and family, We are deeply saddened to hear of Gary's passing. We so enjoyed are times talking with him and he will be missed by us. It warms our hearts to know he is with Naomi. We pray for God to comfort you at this difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers, Neil and Peggy Tschetter

Sam Mortimer

Posted at 12:01pm
Blessings. Gary and Shiela were great parents to Naomi. God Bless. Dr Sam Mortimer

Paul McQuilkin

Posted at 07:44am
I met Gary back in 75. We bred my malamute with his husky. Gary and his family were wonderful folks, I only wish i could have spent more time with him. god speed.

C.B. Alexander

Posted at 02:00pm
I had the privilege of serving in the VA with Gary. He was an extraordinary example of a Veteran serving other Veterans. It was an honor to know him. C.B. Alexander

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