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Victor Johnson

Victor “Vic” Johnson died at his home Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, from Myelomonocytic Leukemia (MML).

Vic was born Sept. 6, 1939, to Frank J. and Bernice (Unnasch) Johnson, the second of four children. The farm he grew up on was on the Winona/Houston County border, with land in both counties. The house was in Houston County, Mound Prairie Township.

Vic attended school grades one—six at the Mill School (a one-room school house in rural Houston County with grades one—eight and one teacher that closed in the spring of 1951). He attended school in La Crescent, for grades seven and eight and grades nine and 10 in Winona, and grades 11-12 at La Crosse Central. He graduated from La Crosse Central in the class of “57.” There is a song that says the class of “57” had class.

Vic graduated from UW- La Crosse, in 1961 with a degree in chemistry. He then worked in a Mayo Clinic lab for two years, where he met the love of his live, Judith Peterson. They married Dec. 1, 1962.

After working two years as a chemist for Fiberite in Winona, he returned to school to obtain a teaching degree. He graduated from Winona State University in 1966, with a M.S. degree in chemistry education. He then taught science classes, mostly chemistry and biochemistry, at Winona High School for 32 years. He retired in 1998, under the Rule of 90.

Returning to his roots. He and Judith purchased a farm in 1968, where they had a small beef herd. They liquidated the farming operation in 2001, but remained on the farm. He enjoyed riding his Kawasaki mule on the trails he had built.

In 2002, he joined New Hartford Town Board and was head supervisor the last three years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Johnson; his son, Craig (Toni) Johnson; his granddaughter, Victoria Johnson; and his siblings, Lois (Jim) Morcomb, Ben (Joyce) Johnson and Richard (Linda) Johnson. He is preceded in death by his mother and father.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family. Online guestbook is available at

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