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In Memory of James "Smiley" Johannsen

James “Smiley” Johannsen age 71 of Hudson WI, passed away unexpectedly on June 22, 2021. Smiley was born on August 14, 1949 to parents Peter and Alice [Evenson] Johannsen. He grew up in Hudson and graduated from Hudson High School with the class of 1967. He worked as a union carpenter at 3M before retiring from the union.

Smiley had a passion for motorcycles and classic cars. He was a member of MSRA [Minnesota Street Rod Association] and he loved to attend car shows. Smiley’s pride and joy was his 1955 Chevy, and his Road Smith Honda 3 wheeler. Smiley enjoyed motorcycling with friends but also enjoyed riding solo. Smiley was a fan of the Green Bay Packers, and he was a big fan of NASCAR races. Smiley spent his winters in AZ and like, wherever he went, made many close friends.

He will always be remembered for his outgoing and friendly personality and will remain in the hearts of his sisters Mary Jane [Bill] Slater, Helen [Lloyd] Erickson, sister-in-law Shirley Johannsen, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

His parents Peter and Alice, brothers, Walter, Howard, Russell, Richard “Dick” and sister-in-law Mickey Johannsen, precede him in death

A visitation will be held on Monday, July 12, 2021 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI from 3-5 pm. Masks will be required. For those unable to attend, there will be another celebration of life that will take place at a future date. Memorials are preferred to the family.

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    • So very sad to hear of Smiley’s passing. He would ride his bicycle or 3 wheeler past our place in Arizona every day. Most days wave when he went by but often stopped. Us being from Mn and he being from Wi of course we would like to talk about how cold it was back home. Everyone in our park enjoyed his company. Our deepest sympathy to his family. With prayers and friendship, Smiley will be missed.
      Bob & Katy Langen

    • We met Smiley in AZ where we lived in our little community with a lot friends from all over the USA AND CANADA Smiley was well known for his sence of humor. Smiley had alot of good stories he was very enjoyable to be around and a lot of fun to visit with Smiley will be missed enormously RIP Friend.

    • We will cherish our memories of time spent with Smiley in Arizona and Wisconsin. He was kind, thoughtful and funny and a very dear friend. We will miss him immensely. We are thankful that we met him and were able to spend time with him.
      Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

      Dennis, Loretta and Amanda Nolin
      Winnipeg, MB

    • We met Smiley when we started spending our winters in Arizona. What a special person. We count ourselves lucky to have had him as a friend. He always had a smile, a laugh and time to share. Can’t believe he won’t be there when we get back to Arizona. He will be missed by so many. Our deepest condolences to his family and his many friends.

      Dorothy and Ray Sargent