Herbert W. Johnson, of Winona, died Sunday at Lake Winona Manor. He was 87. He was born Aug. 17, 1929 to Herbert Sr. and Ethel Johnson. Herb was a member of the Pigeon Falls Lions Club in Pigeon Falls, Wis. and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Winona. He owned and operated the Du-Drop Inn in Pigeon Falls for over 25 years. He enjoyed coaching softball, playing cards and listening to the Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers on the radio. Herb was an avid pool player and enjoyed traveling to Michigan to watch his daughter, Bobbi, play in state tournaments. Herb always reminded his children and grandchildren how proud he was of them and their accomplishments. Herb is survived by his sons, Barry, Rich and Daniel, his daughter Bobbi, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A special thank you to Wally Northouse for being there when his children could not, and to Teresa and other staff members at Lake Winona Manor. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Goodview, Minn. A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Hillbilly Fun, formerly the Du-Drop Inn, in Pigeon Falls. Casual dress is requested for the visitation and services. Please leave a memory and sign Herb's online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.
Our deepest sympahty to the family of Herb Johnson. He was someone very special to all who knew him. We had many a good laughs with him. He taught me( Mary Brown) how to play horseshoes and how to keep score for horseshoes. Always had a smile on his face. He can now play pool anytime he wants and keep teaching others to play in heaven. May he rest in peace. Terry and Mary Brown
Bobbi, Barry, Rich and Daniel,
I wanted to express my sincere sadness in hearing of your fathers passing. Herb is someone I will never forget as I think about him often. I have so many fond memories of growing up in Pigeon and working for him at the Du Drop Inn stocking coolers. I still remember when we hired me to ump the fast pitch softball games when I was 12. I am surprised the players didn't kill me and all Herb would always say ... "they are a bunch of babies and should start swinging the bat!". In reality I was really bad, but he never told me that! Maybe it was because I umped for $5 a game! Whether he was working at the Du Drop Inn, coaching or just having fun, he was always so nice to me. He was someone I looked up to in a small town as he always had something nice to say to an awkward kid! He let me get in on his pool boards and while I never won, I would always come close and he would always remind me of that as he was trying to fill his last spot! I spent a lot of time stocking coolers for him and almost made the bar a second home. I also remember the sewer worms that were going to make him a fortune! Then, I remember going to Whitehall with him to batch up a few dozen worms for the local fisherman as his worm business changed directions!
I hope you all can keep memories close to your heart as you deal with his passing. Good or bad, fathers are always missed once they are gone.
I wish I could drive up to Pigeon on Saturday, but I can't change an already packed schedule here in Madison. I will be thinking of you, hoping things are going as well as they can.
Take care and know I will keep you and your families in my thoughts and prayers.
With my deepest sympathy,
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