Michael L. Johnson

Date of Death: Sep 12, 2021
Michael L. Johnson

1950 - 2021

Michael L. Johnson, 71, of Waupun, passed away peacefully September 12, 2021 at Azura Memory Care in Oshkosh, WI.


Mike was born September 7, 1950 in Beaver Dam, the son of Gerald and Patricia Miller Johnson. Mike graduated in 1968 from Waupun High School where he excelled in baseball and wrestling. Upon graduation, Mike attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a Naval ROTC scholarship and played baseball where he was a three-time letter winner for the Badgers. During his sophomore year he led the team in hitting with a .415 average, third in the big ten. Mike was named All-Big Ten center fielder his sophomore and junior years. During the summer he played baseball in Cape Cod, MA for the Cotuit Kettleers. Mike was also named Outstanding Athlete of America which recognizes athletes for their performance and services to campus activities, community, and curriculum. On August 19, 1972 he married his high school sweetheart, Linda Schouten. They lived in Waupun most of their married lives and raised their two children. Mike taught physical education at Waupun High School and coached baseball, wrestling, and football. He coached little league baseball and served on the board of directors for the Waupun Hockey Association. Mike loved his family and was active in their lives by sharing his love for sports and sprint car racing. Mike retired from the Department of Corrections after 32 years. He served as a City of Waupun alderman for three years with the last two terms as Common Council President. In 2013 he was inducted into the Waupun Athletic Hall of Fame.


Mike is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda; his daughter, Michelle (Jon) Bruins; his son, Brent (Nicole) Johnson; his five grandchildren: Jacob (Myah) Bruins, Nicholas Bruins, Aaron Bruins, Blake Johnson, and Lacy Johnson; his great-granddaughter, Madysen Bruins; sister-in-law, Helen Schouten; and nieces and nephews.


Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Patricia Johnson; brothers: Thomas and Nicolas Johnson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Arnold and Jacoba Schouten; brother-in-law, Ed Wetzel; and sister-in-law, Donna Wetzel.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday at the church from 12 noon until the time of service.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun with Fr. John Radetski officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Special Thanks

The family would like to thank Azura Memory Care for their outstanding and loving care given to Mike. Also a thank you to Generations Hospice for the amazing care given to Mike during his stay at Azura including the very special care he received during his last days.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association in Mike’s name.



  1. Debra Platter Says: September 14, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Ourthoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mike will always be remembered lovingly in your hearts.

  2. Barb and Tom Zingsheim Says: September 14, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Linda and family you have our deepest sympathy. Thoughts, hugs and prayers to all of you. I know it’s hard but he isn’t suffering anymore.

  3. Mel Gunnink Says: September 14, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Linda and kids: Deepest sympathy to you all. Mike was a valued friend and teammate for many years. Thinking of you.

  4. Joe McCullough Says: September 14, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Mike was one of my all time favorite teachers and an all around great guy! He will surely be missed. I pray the Lord eases your sorrow and strengthens your memories.

  5. Kerry & Kathy Kirchoff Says: September 14, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. I know these last years have been hard on you both. Our well wishes and prayers are with you in these hard times

  6. David & Kelly Marwitz Says: September 15, 2021 at 7:21 am

    We worked with Mike for many years at Fox Lake Correctional Institution. He always had that great smile. When we would run into him after his retirement he was genuinely happy to see you and find out what was going on in your life. It was our honor to have known and worked with him. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

  7. I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Mike, he and his Family were life long friends. I enjoyed many good times with Mike playing ball, hockey games and being his neighbor. I send my sincere prayers and sympathy to Linda , Michelle , Brent and your families.

  8. Ruth Rehrauer Says: September 15, 2021 at 10:53 am

    To Linda and family
    May the Lord guide you through your grief and help you heal.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jim and Ruth Rehrauer

  9. Rodney Henning Says: September 15, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    To a fellow athlete and Class of ’68 WHS graduate,you will be missed.
    Rest in peace, brother!!

  10. Wayne TeBeest Says: September 15, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Mike’s family upon his passing . I had many memorable years working with him as well as our noontime basketball games . His laugh will be missed .

    Wayne and Cindi

  11. Darrell Rahn Says: September 15, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Very sorry to hear of Mikes passing. Had to pleasure of referring and umpiring for him. will be greatly missed

  12. Brent, Nicole and Johnson family. So sorry for the loss of your father. He certainly sounds like a wonderful man and did accomplished so much in his life. Cherish your memories. This certainly has been a tough year. Love and many hugs to all.

  13. Hugh Hermann Says: September 15, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I remembered him coaching me in little league, and always being at the rink to support the hockey association.

  14. David Haeft Says: September 16, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Thoughts of Mike are many and good. We came from the same neighborhood and knew each other most of our lives. He will be missed greatly! His name will forever be remembered in Waupun sports. We will miss you Mike !

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