Gothenburg Resident: Paul Johnson, age 97 (1916-2013)

Paul Edward Johnson, 97, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 9th, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.

He was born March 12th, 1916, at Eustis, Nebraska, son of John and Anna Johnson. He grew up in the Cozad, Nebraska, area and graduated from Cozad High School. Paul was married to Helen Velte and they had two children. Paul married Tille E. Stevens on March 12th, 1948 and they had two children. He farmed southwest of Cozad and then moved to a farm northeast of Gothenburg. Paul had a love for the land and a special place in his heart for horses. He enjoyed Golden Gloves Boxing and Micro Midget Racing.

Survivors include two sons: Steve (Jo) Johnson of Gothenburg; Kenneth Lee (Carol) Spilker of Clifton, New Jersey; two daughters: Beth (Curt) Bowman of Tucson, Arizona, Bette (Dr. Robert) Patton of Kingsport, Tennesee; four granddaughters: Kimberly Johnson, Linda (Bruce) Williams, Christina (Mike) Makoska, Kara (Scott) Zinke; three grandsons: Doran Johnson, William (Deborah) Patton, David Patton; six great-grandchildren-Elizabeth, Charles, Rudd, Dylan and Brayden; brother: John Johnson of Lexington; many nieces, nephews, extended family and Rebecca Meredith his special caregiver.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Tillie Emily Johnson, parents, John and Anna Johnson, five sisters: Dorothy (Leslie) Delap, Ester (Lawrence) Velte, Florence Stear, Edith (Ward) Kinnan and Ruth (Vern) Brown; one brother: Harold Johnson; sister-in-law: Lola Johnson.

Services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.

Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 10th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or the Nebraska Children's Home.


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