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In Memory of Jerome "Jerry" Johnson


9:30 am - 10:30 am
Saturday July 30, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Funeral Service

10:30 am
Saturday July 30, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Jerome “Jerry” A. Johnson, age 73 of Hudson, WI, passed away surrounded by family on July 24, 2022 at his home. Jerry was born on September 27, 1948 in Amery to Alfred and Olive (Hansen) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm with his six siblings and graduated from Clear Lake High School with the class of 1966 before studying at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Jerry held a lifelong love of books, and this passion shaped his entire adult life. Out of college, Jerry moved to Denver, Colorado, and took a job as a Book Scout, where he tried to locate copies of desired books for a local book dealer. After a few years, he became a Bookman himself and opened his own bookstore where he would buy, sell and trade used books. He eventually relocated to Lacrosse where he opened the Badger Book Shop. It was at the book shop where he met his wife, Patricia Olson, and the couple were married on July 30, 1994 at Bethel Lutheran in Hudson. The couple resided in Hudson where Jerry continued working as a Bookman locating and dealing books, but also began a 20+ year career with Webb/Quebecor Printing. At Quebecor, Jerry worked as a press operator and in logistics before transferring to shipping periodicals. He enjoyed learning new things and was a member of a Civil War Round Table that met in Stillwater. Jerry will be missed by many.


Jerry is survived by his wife, Patty; step-son, Michael (Sarah) Warren; grandchildren, Chase and Hunter Gerken, and Derrick Warren; siblings, Joe, Mary Boigenzahn, Fred, Rick, Sue, and Mike; many nieces and a few nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.


A funeral service for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment at the Houlton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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    • Patty
      I wish I would be closer to attend the service. Jerry was such a fixture at our WSGS Conferences. I will miss the Bookman greatly.
      Please don’t be a stranger. Best of wishes, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
      Much Love
      Tina Krummel

    • Dear Jerry, our friend for 53 years. You were not only there for our wedding — but showed up for breakfast the next morning. You even helped open wedding gifts. We have lived several hours apart since college, but you have still always been there. We will treasure our visit with you and Patty in March, all of us knowing it would probably be our last time together, but enjoying stories of the past and shedding some tears as you talked about the future. Thank you for wanting to share those days with us, thank you for your love and friendship. We know you are at peace now. We wish the same for Patty and your family.

    • The Minneapolis VA pharmacy department sends our sympathy and prayers to Patty and her family.
      When someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure.

    • Jerry was a sweet and delightful guy who will be missed by many. He had a great sense of humor and was quick to smile. Anyone who knew him came away the better for it.
      May he Rest In Peace.

    • Jerry was always nice to me when we talked to each other.
      I will miss him.
      He is with Jesus now.
      May God be with you, now and always.
      Wayne Hanson

    • Oh dang, my heart was telling me that! Always called you “sir”. Was going to stop this week to tell you about a new thrift store for you and patty! Will miss you sir ! Until we meet again!