Paul Roger Johnson, 75, of Vermillion, SD passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024, at the Sanford Care Center in Vermillion, surrounded by his family. Private Family services will be held on February 8th, 2024 at the Hansen Funeral Home.
Paul was born on November 3, 1948, in Vermillion. After graduating from Vermillion High School in 1967, Paul married the love of his life, Diane (Larson) Johnson on January 14th, 1969. He went on to serve his country in the United States Navy. He served as a “Seabee” in Battalion MNCB-71 and was honorably discharged in 1971.
Paul had a fulfilling career working for the Clay County Highway Department. He also worked road maintenance for many townships in the Vermillion area. He was known for his excellent skills as a road grader operator and took great pride in his work. His dedication and craftsmanship made him a valuable asset for any type of work he did.
Paul's hobbies and interests included collecting toys consisting of trains, race cars, construction and farm equipment and other various toys of the sorts. He enjoyed helping his good friend and neighbor during fall harvest every year and also going fishing. Maintaining his yard was also something Paul took pride in, and he always made sure it looked immaculate.
Paul cherished his family dearly. He is survived by his loving wife Diane Johnson, their son Travis (Mindy) Johnson and daughter Tracey (Todd) Halverson. His four granddaughters Morgan Halverson, Payten (Cameron) Smith, Macy Johnson and Mya Halverson were the apples of his eye. Also, many siblings, Ron (Marge) Johnson, Jane (Jim) Boyd, Dick (Mary Ann) Johnson, Bill (Cheryl) Johnson, Jim (Ann) Johnson, Joe (Wanda) Johnson, Greg (Nancy) Johnson and brother-in-law Larry (June) Larson and sister-in-law Florene Larson, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in passing by his parents LaRue and Loretta Johnson as well as his sisters Donna Mary Chancellor and Mary Katherine Sawatzke.
A man of generosity and unwavering dedication, Paul Roger Johnson will be remembered fondly by those whose lives he touched. His legacy of hard work and love for his family will live on in their hearts forever. His presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May he rest in God’s love and eternal peace.