Herbert Johnson, 80, of Belle Fouche, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital after battling a long illness.
He was born September 27, 1938, in Belle Fouche, SD, to Eldred and Martha (Durst) Johnson. As a young boy he grew up on a ranch, enjoying his pet skunk and in high school he was well known for racing around town in his '56 Ford. After high school he moved to Wyoming and worked at Hauber Mine, and later returned to Belle Fouche working as a heavy equipment operator. Herb also enjoyed working at his campground and flying through the skies in his small plane...which he later crashed.
In 1961 he married Dorothy (Mitchell) Callies and they welcomed their daughter Michele in October 1962. In June of 1975 Herb married the love of his life, Charlotte Bruggeman and proudly welcomed his step-daughter Denise. After retiring, Herb and Charlotte enjoyed their winters being active snowbirds in the great state of Texas. Herb will fondly be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, and an avid lover of camping, fishing, hunting, and sharing good jokes with family and friends.
Some of Herb's fondest memories are hunting with his daughter Michele and step-daughter Denise. He was proud to teach the both of them how to shoot. Herb shot his first elk in October 1962 accompanied by his daughter, Michele, who was only 20 days old at the time, his daughter was also with him when he shot his largest elk in 1995, and again when he shot his very last elk in October 2012.
Loved ones that cleared the path for Herb are his parents, Eldred and Martha Johnson; sister, Dorothy Ginsbach; his brother, Bob Johnson.
Loved ones that will miss Herb until they meet again are his wife, Charlotte of Rapid City; daughter, Michele (Terry) Spaans of Rapid City; step-daughter, Denise Dixon of Baltimore, MD; 5 grandchildren, 11.5 great grandchildren and his dear friends Mike Stec and Randy Beckman; as well as many others who loved him.
Visitation will be Friday, December 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche and for one hour before services.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 29 at 11:00 am at Kline Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.
An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com
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