Gary Dean Johnson, 79, of Platte, SD passed away after a short battle with cancer on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at his home. No Services will be held. A Committal Service will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD at a later date.
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Gary Dean Johnson was born on December 13, 1940 to Alfred M. and Lucille E. (Ellis) Johnson on the family farm west of Platte, SD. He attended country grade schools and graduated from Platte High School in 1959. He went on to serve his country by enlisting in the U.S. Navy based in San Diego, CA. Gary served from January 1961 – January 1965, two and a half of those years were spent stationed in Sasebo, Japan on the USS Phoebe #MSC199, a costal mine sweeper.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked on a river boat as a deck hand and engine room oilier traveling through Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean until 1969.
On November 11, 1973 Gary was united in marriage to Dawn Sly in Platte. They relocated to Colome, SD from 1978 – 1996. From then until the present, they have been residents of Platte, raising cattle and sheep. Gary loved going to his grandchildren’s sporting events and watching Renee and Lance play adult softball, especially the Catfish Team.
Grateful for having shared in Gary’s life, his wife of over 46 years, Dawn Johnson of Platte, SD; four children, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren: son, Lance (Laurie) Johnson of Spearfish, SD – Savannah (Jaysen) Spurlock, San Bruno, CA, Josh and Morgan Johnson, Spearfish, SD; son, Christopher (Khristine) Johnson of Lincoln, NE – Zoe (Jason) Ambroise – Parker and Cooper of Nebraska, Jordan (Dani) Buettner - Evelyn and Turner, Norfolk, NE and Riley Buettner (fiancée, Kelsey), St. Louis, MO; son, Patrick (April) Johnson of Spearfish, SD – Abbi, Brooklin, Hunter and Piper Johnson, Spearfish, SD; and daughter, Renee (Aaron Gregerson) Johnson of Rapid City, SD; five siblings: David (Georgia) Johnson of Platte, SD, Sheila (Wayne) Fletcher of Mission Hill, SD, Cheryl (Bruce) Anderson of Canton, SD, Sarah (Bob) Hoffman of Platte, SD and Karla (Steve) Pickard of Pierre, SD; a sister-in-law, Wanda Johnson of Platte, SD; along with many nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Lucille Johnson; a brother, Lawrence Johnson; a niece, Lisa Stotz; mother-in-law, Wanda Plummer; sister-in-law, Karn Wynia; and great grandson, Jayme Spurlock.