Norman “Swede” Leslie Johnson, 86, 225 Second St., a longtime Stevens Point homebuilder and cabinetmaker, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at Wausau Hospital Hospice.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Robert Schaller officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Shuda Funeral Chapel. American Legion Post 6 and 40 et 8 will hold a ritual at 6 p.m., the Elks Club will hold a ritual at 6:45 p.m. and the St. Peter Holy Name Society will combine with the general rosary at 7 p.m.
Mr. Johnson was born July 7, 1914, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Leroy and Annis (Cram) Johnson. He spent his boyhood in Chippewa Falls and attended schools there.
He moved back to Stevens Point as a young man and entered the Civilian Conservation Corps on April 6, 1934, at Fort Sheridan, Ill. He was honorably discharged from Camp Beaver on Oct. 2, 1934.
He began working for Ed Moyer with his father, doing carpentry, then entered the U.S. Army on July 24, 1942, at Fort Sheridan, Ill.
He was married to Dorothy Waisbrot on Nov. 6, 1943, at St. Peter Catholic Church.
He served in Northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was discharged on Nov. 15, 1945. He received the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Easter Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars, three Overseas Service Bars, one Service Stripe, the Good Conduct Medal and a Bronze Star.
After his discharged, he returned to Stevens Point and began working for Joe Soik General Contractor. He started Johnson Woodworking and General Contractor in the early 1950s until his retirement in 1979.
He continued working after his retirement in a cabinet woodworking shop he built in 1962, donating children’s furniture that he built.
He was a member of American Legion Post 6, the 40 et 8, the Elks Club, St. Peter Holy Name Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Polish Legion of American Veterans.
Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Donna Rae (Walter) Fischer, Stevens Point; one son, John E. (Cheri), Stevens Point; one brother, LeRoy (Barbara), Florida; five sisters, Glenna (Adam) Voller, Waukesha, Elizabeth (John) Paulsen and Louella (Kenneth) Butler, both of Florida, Evon Konkel, Greenfield, and Alice (Thomas) Spenner, Hillsboro; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters.