He was born in Duluth, MN on December 23, 1927; son of Nick and Frances Johnson Johnson. Neill grew up in Spooner, WI. From June, 1945 through August, 1946, Neill served in the United States Navy. Upon his return home, he studied at the Wisconsin Mining Trade School in Platteville, WI.
During his college years, Neill met Janet Ann Mitchell of Mineral Point, WI. They wed on June 20, 1953 and raised their family in Sussex, WI.
A surveyor by trade, Neill stayed in this field until his retirement in 1987.
Neill had been active in the Cub Scouts with his sons. He and Janet had been members at Northbrook Church in Richfield, WI where he was active in many ministries. Neill was instrumental in starting a SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) club for seniors at the church which has grown tremendously. He served in the summer children’s programs, usher and coffee ministry. During most elections, voters were greeted by him at Richfield’s election polling site at church.
Over the years, Neill enjoyed deer and small game hunting, woodworking, boating, snowmobiling and an avid Packer fan.
He is survived by his wife Janet; his children Del (Patty) Johnson of Colgate, WI, Bruce (Lori Sandine) Johnson of Fox Point, WI and Doreen “Dolly” (Mark) Rosewitz of Menomonee Falls, WI; nine grandchildren Franky (Sara) Lemke, Tyler Masters, Dustin (Ashley) Masters, Jesse Johnson, Angel (fiance Trenton Fackler) Johnson, Katelynn (Quinten) Paul, Breanne Rosewitz, Nicholas Johnson and Megan Johnson, three great grandchildren Roselynn Paul, Lila and Alivia Lemke. Neill is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his son Todd Johnson, granddaughter Ashley Johnson and his sister Shirley and her husband Stan Hofstedt.
A Celebration Of Neill’s Life will take place at 11AM Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Northbrook Church, 4041 Highway 167 W, Richfield, WI. Military honors will take place after service with a family greeting to follow in the lounge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) appreciated in his name.