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William 'Gail' Johnson

December 10, 1936 - August 25, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, August 30th at 11:00am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rapid City, with burial to follow at St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Belle Fourche, SD. Visitation will be from 5-6pm on Sunday, August 29th at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

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William “Gail” Johnson passed away on August 25, 2021, at Monument Hospital in Rapid City, SD after a short illness.

Gail was born in Glasgow, MT on December 10, 1936 to Delia Mary (Brydon) and Carl Dale Johnson.

Gail was baptized at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church and graduated 8th grade from St. Raphael’s School in 1950. He was graduated from Glasgow High School in 1954. He joined the Navy that same year and was honorably discharged in 1956.

Gail then enrolled in Northern Montana College in Havre for one semester when he met the most beautiful girl he had ever seen, Helen Celestine Clark. They were married in Havre in 1958 and moved back home to help his father run Johnson Ranch on Cherry Creek north of Glasgow.

Gail was a member of the Montana National Guard for six years. He received a MNG commendation medal for outstanding meritorious service on June 1, 1982.

Gail is survived by his children: Kelly Jo (Gus) Rosencrans, Katherine, Karl (Patricia), Kevin, Kollette (Scott) Johnson, his brother Robert Brydon (Patricia), eleven grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Gail was preceded in death by both parents, Carl and Delia Johnson, his beloved wife Helen, daughter Kaycee Hoffbauer, daughter-in-law Terri (Green), grandchildren Jasmine Johnson, Justin Johnson, and great-grandchildren Shawn Posten, Evelyn Ogdon, and special friend Inge Popelka.

Gail was a goof-off in school; enjoyed laughing with his friends and family; and could turn any ordinary incident into the wildest, most hilarious story that put everybody in stitches of laughter.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, and hard-working neighbor and friend, Gail will be missed by all.

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