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FORT PECK-Donald W. Johnson, 82, retired U.S. Navy and Corp of Engineers, passed away Thursday, July 6, at his home of natural causes.

    Memorial services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 11, at the V.F.W. Club in Glasgow. Military Honors will be provided by the Glasgow V.F.W. and American Legion. Lunch will follow in the club. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Born to Wallace and Helen Johnson on July 8, 1934 in Glasgow, MT, Don Johnson left our world just shy of 83 years, on July 6, 2017 from his home on the Fort Peck Lake. Our beloved husband, father, grandpa, papa and great-grandpa is survived by the second love of his life, his Honey Bea, wife of 18 years, and his children, Gene, Phyllis, Donna and Mike along with Bea’s children Brenda, Karen, Larry and Robert, as well as the children of his second wife, Kevin, James and Lori, over 20 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren. He was also survived by his sister, Diane and brother, Duane with many nieces and nephews.

    Don was proceeded in death by his parents, his high school sweetheart and wife of 29 years, Shirley Belle and one grandson, Matthew.

    Don attended school in Glasgow until he left to join the Navy in 1951, accomplishing his first dream in life. He served his beloved country giving 20 years and attaining the rank of Radar Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, Don worked at the Corp of Engineers, retiring in 1996 after 18 years of service.

Click for larger image    Don loved his country and his reading, and enjoying a good glass of whiskey with his friends. He loved leisure time on the deck with friends and anyone who knew Don, would recognize his booming infectious laughter from far, far away.

    After traveling the world in service to his country, Don found the greatest joy and comfort in his home and life on the Fort Peck Lake. He loved boating, and fishing, and participated in the Governor’s cup for about 10 years both fishing and as a patrol boat. He kept himself active with hunting with his sons and grandkids, and his Tuesday night bowling league as well as playing darts with family and friends. Don was well-known for sharing his amazing solo voice at church, weddings, funerals and the local bar, as well as joining in with Dudley and the Deadbeats for years. He took great pride in caring for his little plot of land, greenest lawn on the lake, lined with bird houses, the lighthouse of the lake and the American flag flying high under spotlight in the Eastern Montana evening sky in the middle. He kept his mind active with daily crosswords, playing cribbage, whist tournaments, and reading a wide range of books, his two favorite authors being Louis L’amour and James Patterson. In his later years in life, Don focused on keeping his Honey Bea happy by making the bed and sharing his culinary expertise.

    In Don’s leisure time you could find his TV tuned into the ‘oldies’ like, the Andy Griffith Show, M*A*S*H and Everybody Loves Raymond. You might also happen upon him using his sailor lingo while screaming profanities at O’Reilly or Fox News. However, deep inside that often rough exterior, his generous heart was seen clearly in his regular support of both local and national charities like the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society, and of course the Disabled Veterans of America to name just a few.

    The outdoor memorial service honoring the life of Don Johnson will be held at the VFW Hall in Glasgow, Montana with full military rights on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. followed with a luncheon hosted by the Ladies VFW Auxiliary.

Guest Book

From: Linda Koski

My deepest condolences to you all for your loss of your beloved Don. We all loved him and will miss him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you all 😢🙏🏼

From: The Sweeney's

To Mike and all the extended family, we are so sorry for your loss and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We deeply regret we did not get to meet Don, but his story lives on in his loving family. God bless.

From: Barb Peterson

He was a good man and will be missed. My condolences to the family.

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