Born May 31, 1956, in Salt Lake City, Utah, died March 21, 2009, at 1:21 a.m., due to an extended illness.
Michael worked as an EMT for 17 years for Athens Ambulance Service in Clay County. After leaving that career, he took over the position of Clay County Emergency Management Director as well as taking part in opening a local computer business. He later became the leader of Clay County Information Technology, but he soon became too ill to continue working.
He enjoyed working with computers, gardening, spending time with family and reading, but his heart was always in the medical field.
Michael was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His family accepted a mission to Brazil, South America when he was a child. Upon completion of the mission, his family returned home to Salt Lake City, Utah, where Michael spent the rest of his childhood and adolescence. At age 21, he accepted his own mission call to Brazil, Ind., for two years. After returning to Salt Lake City, he longed for Indiana and moved there one year later.
There, he met his wife of 30 years, Kathy Krider, daughter of Roy and Emma Krider, and he lived and raised his family there until his death.
He is survived by wife Kathleen Ann Johnson, sister Pamela Childs (Todd Childs), brother Kenneth Johnson (Michael Thygerson), brother Scott Johnson (Dug Nielson), son Troy Johnson (Cristen), son Jeff Bucholz, daughter Janna Rhodes (Allan Haskett), granddaughters Heather and Sabrina Rhodes, Chloey and Addisyn Johnson, grandsons Mason and Logan Alexander, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Alice Margaret Johnson, father Duane Kay Johnson, nephew Ethan Rowse Johnson, niece Heidi Kaye Warner, and brother-in-law David Gill Warner.
Michael's viewing will take place at French Funeral Home, Brazil, Ind., from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, after which the funeral services will take place, also at French Funeral Home.
The burial will be at Calcutta Cemetery.
Anyone wishing to make donations to the family may do so to the Michael Johnson Trust Fund at First Financial Bank, Brazil.