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In Memory of

Leonard Alvin Johnson

March 18, 1932 - February 24, 2012

Obituary


At 11:28 p.m. on Friday, February 25th, 2012, Leonard A. Johnson walked on to his next life at St. Mary's Hospice in Duluth, MN. He was surrounded by the love of his family. Leonard was born in Superior, WI on March 18, 1932. He grew up in Stanberry, WI. After graduating from Spooner High School, he attended Barber College in Milwaukee. He then returned to Hayward to apprentice under Tony Grey at Grey's Barber Shop to begin a 59 year career as arguably the best barber in town. As he transitioned into making it his...

At 11:28 p.m. on Friday, February 25th, 2012, Leonard A. Johnson walked on to his next life at St. Mary's Hospice in Duluth, MN. He was surrounded by the love of his family. Leonard was born in Superior, WI on March 18, 1932. He grew up in Stanberry, WI. After graduating from Spooner High School, he attended Barber College in Milwaukee. He then returned to Hayward to apprentice under Tony Grey at Grey's Barber Shop to begin a 59 year career as arguably the best barber in town. As he transitioned into making it his own business, you could always count on a great haircut and even better conversation at Len's Barbershop.
It was during his early years as a barber that he met the love of his life, Darlene Schmock. For 55+ years they were inseparable and showed the world how love should be. They had six children that survive Leonard. Gary, Superior, WI; Rick, Eden Prairie, MN; Renee, Fort Collins, CO; Scott (Amy), Siren, WI; Dennis, Hayward, WI; and Lisa (Jonny) Sheehan, Hayward, WI; He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Anna (Eliott), brothers, Donny, Jack, and Jerry and by his sisters Ethel and Ruth.
Leonard will be remembered for many things. He was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. He loved baseball as a player, coach, and spectator. Along with his friends Fritz Ackley and Larry Sommerville he started the Hayward Hawks baseball team. Leonard also loved the Packers and the Brewers and enjoyed attending the games in person and listening to them on the radio, although at times listening to him you might question that. He retired from the Hayward National Guard as a Staff Sargent. One of his proudest awards was for shooting; he received the Top Gunner Trophy in April 1982.
Leonard will be remembered best for the love he had for family and friends. He loved children and babies. His legacy lives on in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and so many friends. There was nothing he loved more than a gathering of family and friends with a few beers a bowl of popcorn and a lot of laughs. There were so many hunting stories of great bucks taken and the ones that got away. Talking of how good the Brewers and Packers would be this season and the next. His smile was contagious. He lived a great life on his terms and had a good death.