Jerome “Jerry” William Johnson
age 83, of Park Falls, died on Thursday July 17, 2014 at Park Manor Nursing Home in Park Falls. He was born in Eau Claire on May 2, 1931, the son of Jasper and Evelyn (Peterson) Johnson. His early life and schooling were in Eau Claire. Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 19 during the Korean War. He served three years in Germany as a cryptographer with the US Air Force Security Service. After serving his country he earned his bachelor's degree in teaching from the University of Eau Claire and taught US and world history at the Park Falls High School from 1957 until 1964. On August 8, 1964 he married Beatrice “Beba” Malach in Park Falls. Jerry earned masters degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. He served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, as assistant professor of Learning Resources for 28 years in the capacities of Special Collections Librarian, University Archivist and Records Manager, and director of the Area Research Center for Local History. Jerry and Beba returned to Park Falls in 1994. Jerry was a member and past commander of the Park Falls VFW Post, an active member of the Park Falls American Legion Post, and a former member of the Park Falls Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by:
his wife Beatrice “Beba” of Park Falls
his son Rick Johnson of Seattle, WA
Eugene (Diane) Johnson of Murietta, CA
Wallace Johnson of Eau Claire
and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at 11:00am from the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Park Falls. Pastor Elizabeth F. Hazel will officiate.
Burial will follow at Nola Cemetery in Park Falls with military honors under the auspices of the Park Falls American Legion and VFW Posts.
A visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 10:00am until the hour of the service.
The Novitzke Funeral Home is assisting the family.