Larry W. Johnson

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Larry W. Johnson

January 12, 1941 - February 12, 2019

Larry W. Johnson Larry W. Johnson
Larry W. Johnson, 78, of La Crosse died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1941, in Galesville, to Merlin "Chip" and Kathleen (Zeman) Johnson. On Feb. 20, 1960, Larry was united in marriage to Marcella Bue in Black River Falls.
Larry worked for WKBT for 45 years in various positions. He was best known as the weatherman.
Survivors include his three children, Paul Johnson of La Crosse, Christopher Johnson of Onalaska and Laura (Robert) Burgett of La Crosse; two grandchildren, Kayla (Joshua) Miller and Tyler Burgett of La Crosse; three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jensen and Evelyn Miller; a brother, Bruce Johnson of Cape Cod, Mass.; three sisters, Pam (Terry) Sommer of Kenosha, Wis., Starr Olson of Oak Creek, Wis., and Dawn Smith of Cassville, Wis.; an uncle and aunt, Gaylord and Mable Johnson of Port Edwards, Wis.; special friends, Carl and Diane Viner and family of La Crosse; and many nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a brother, Robert Johnson; his stepmother, Rose Alyce (Bruley) Johnson; and his stepfather, Leonard Olson.
In accordance with Larry's wishes, his body will be cremated and no services are being held. Larry's family would like to give special thanks to the Benedictine Staff for the excellent care he was given. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice of organization. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at
Published on February 17, 2019
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7 posts

Russell Peterson
Feb 17, 2019
I will always remember Larry at station as the Weatherman as he was very reliable in his reporting. And if you ever met him somewhere in town he was a Super nice guy. May his family and close friends join
Together and help each other get through
Their loss!
Steve Sullivan
Feb 17, 2019
I grew up watching Larry give us the weather report. I have a lot of respect for Larry as I knew him. May he Rest In Peace.
Karen J. Clatk-Stone
Feb 17, 2019
Larry is my first cousin on my mom's side of the family. We were born in the same year along with our second cousin, Ronnie. Larry and I shared much of our early childhood until a family rift separated us a bit. He was like a brother up to about age five. Sending lots of love and light to his family including Bruce.
Sharon Clark Jacobson
Feb 17, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Bless his family. Larry was a distant cousin.
Marlys (Busse) Jennings
Feb 17, 2019
My deepest sympathy at your loss! I am a cousin on Larry's' Grandmothers' side. Mabel, And would love to be in contact with his family to share memories.! We went to school together also.
DuWayne Johnsrud
Feb 17, 2019
You were the first person to interview me on tv. Nice man!
Eric Parsons
Feb 17, 2019
Had the pleasure of working with Larry for about a year around 1985, at WKBT. Always a gentleman! Most sincere sympathy!