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02/10/2018 - Jimmy J. 'JJ' Johnson

A Celebration of Life for Jimmy J. “JJ” Johnson, age 90, of Hay Springs, NE will be from 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall on Mirage Flats, NE. All are welcome.
Burial will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Nebraska Veteran’s Cemetery in Alliance, NE.
A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs Fire Department. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com.
Jimmy was born on September 26, 1927 to James Clarence and Virgie Elizabeth (Steele) Johnson in Loup City, NE. He passed away on February 2, 2018 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs, NE.
Jimmy moved to the Hay Springs area at two years of age when his parents moved to a farm west of Hay Springs. He attended Antelope School through the eighth grade. He attended Hay Springs High School and graduated in 1945.
In 1946, he went into the Army for eighteen months. Most of his service was spent in Alaska. When he returned from the service, he married Virginia Lee Jensen (Jenny). They bought Unit 42 on the Mirage Flats where they made their home for the next 69 years. To this union, five children were born – Karen, Marvin, Rita, Robert and Donna.
Jimmy and Virginia owned a Dairy farm for about 40 years, which kept them pretty close to the farm. They worked closely with their children and the neighbors to make a good life filled with great memories.
Jimmy enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards, and dancing as well as visiting and working with neighbors. He had the opportunity to travel to several places in the United States and Canada, which he enjoyed. As a Veteran, he and his son, Marv, were able to travel to WashingtonDC on the Honor Flight.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; brother Doyle Johnson; sister Joan Wilsey; grandson Eric Peters; and granddaughter Ashton Birmingham. 
He is survived by wife Virginia; sister Lorna (Dale) Christoffersen; brother-in-law Wes Wilsey; sister-in-law MaryBell Johnson; children Karen (Pat) Runkle, Marvin (Cheryl) Johnson, Rita (Wayne) Peters, Robert (Donna) Johnson, and Donna (Rick) Brice; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and neighbors.
Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements for Jimmy J. “JJ” Johnson.

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