Gary “Svend” Johnson

Gary “Svend” Johnson, 74, of Blair, died Monday, March 23, 2020 at Grand View Care Center in Blair.

Gary was born October 21, 1945, in Galesville to Svend and Minnie (Gunderson) Johnson. He graduated from Blair High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was employed as a foreman in the shipping department of AMPI in Blair prior to his retirement.

Gary played football and softball and enjoyed following all of the Blair-Taylor sporting events. He was also an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Braves, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Wisconsin Badgers. Gary loved bowling and was affectionately known as the “Tappen Coulee Star”. He also enjoyed pulling the neighbor kids around in the Blair Cheese Fest Kiddie Parade.

Gary was a 50-year member of the Knudtson-Mattison American Legion Post #231.

Gary is survived by a brother, Duane (Greta) Johnson of Blair; a sister, Janet Applequist of Minneapolis, MN.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, James M. and Maxine Johnson; a brother-in-law, Paul Applequist; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services are pending and will be announced when they are scheduled.

Jack Funeral Home in Blair is assisting the family with arrangements.

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