Donald D. Johnson

Donald D. Johnson, age 87, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Graveside services are 11:00 AM, on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Jeff Otterman officiating.  The public is invited to attend using proper social distancing practices.  The graveside will also be live streamed through our Facebook page at  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Donald was born November 13, 1932 in Yankton, South Dakota to Elmer and Lillian (Kruse) Johnson.  He grew up in Mission Hill, South Dakota.  On September 15, 1951, Donald was united in marriage to Amanda Carlson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton.  He worked for Montgomery Wards as a Department Manager for about 20 years, first in Yankton, then Sioux Falls, SD, Phoenix, AZ and finally in Eau Claire, WI.  They moved back to Yankton and Donald and his wife owned and operated Johnson’s Shoes for several years. Donald then worked for the City of Yankton for 10 years, retiring in December of 1996.  Donald was active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 69 years as well as The Center in Yankton.  He enjoyed music, boating, fishing, volunteering at church, playing cards, yardwork, and spending time with his family and friends.

Donald is survived by his wife, Amanda Johnson of Yankton; two sons, Brad (Jody) Johnson of Omaha, NE and Bruce Johnson (Jane Gunderson) of Mesa, AZ; seven grandchildren: Laura (Eric) Stayer, Jacob (Jalynn) Johnson, Adam (Becki) Johnson, Nikki (Eric) Rogge, Dustin (Tonya) Johnson, Marissa Johnson, and Breanna (Taylor) Berg; nine great grandchildren: Ashley and Lucas Stayer, Tyler, Kamryn, Keaton, and Taitum Johnson, Norah and Dillon Rogge, and Stella Berg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Walter West; brothers: Wayne, Dale, and Gale “Bud” Johnson; step-brother, Dennis West; and step-sister, Opal Wilkerson.

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3 response to "Donald D. Johnson"

  1. By: Laura Stayer Posted: July 17, 2020

    I’m so thankful this amazing man was my Grandpa. He always had a secret candy stash, gave us rides on the front of his motorcycle up and down the alleyway. He’d let us sit on his lap to “drive” the Cadillac (early 80’s) and always let me drive the boat. He taught me a love for baseball (along with my grandma) while we’d listen to games on the radio when he took me with him to work. He’d play croquet, badminton, lawn darts, and cards with us for hours. He had the patience of a saint while he listened to me play chopsticks on the piano over and over…and over. He always gave the best hugs and was such a kind and gentle soul. Rest easy, Grandpa. The you for being the best Grandpa a kid could ever ask for. I will forever miss your voice and those hugs.😢💔

  2. By: rosaline wootton Posted: July 23, 2020

    I’m so sorry for your loss. with this COV’D 19 I just haven’t been attending the funerals. I tried to watch the live stream on facebook-but couldn’t hear most of it.
    We had so many good times at the old Yankton Clinic-just was a great place to work and the office personal were so close to the surgical area. It was easy to just slip out and visit briefly or say Hi. Plus all the clinic holiday meals-what wonderful memories. The clinic was like a second family. Richard and I got into sq. dancing because of Don and your connection with sq. dancing. Such a great activity.
    Don was always so kind and considerate-may he be at peace.
    God Bless you and your family. May you have many special memories. My Prayers are with you.
    Rosie and Richard Wootton

  3. By: rosaline wootton Posted: July 23, 2020

    Hi Amanda,
    I’ll try this again. I’m so sorry for Your Loss. I tried to listen to the Livestreaming of Don’s funeral readings at the cemetery. However it was difficult to hear most of it. I just haven’t been attending funeral’s with the present pandemic issues.
    Thinking back-to all the times at the Yankton Clinic-what a great place to work. Plus you were so close to our area-it was easy to just slip out there and say Hi. All the potlucks and those Holiday celebrations. We all got to know each others families. Richard and I started sq. dancing-because of You and Don. We still do a little of that. Haven’t been able to do any of that this year.
    Don was such a kind and considerate person-may he rest in peace, God Bless you and your family. May you have many special memories.
    Rosie and Richard Wootton

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