In Memory of Scott Johnson

Memorial Celebration of Life

3:00 pm
Friday May 17, 2019
Joy Lutheran Church
1435 St. Croix Street
Prescott WI, 54021

Gathering of Family and Friends

Friday May 17, 2019
W10516 US Highway 10
Prescott WI,


1:00 pm
Friday May 17, 2019
Joy Lutheran Church
1435 St. Croix Street
Prescott WI, 54021

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Scott Allen Johnson of Prescott, Wisconsin passed to the protection of God on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Scott, known to many as “Scooter”, was born October 16, 1963 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Verdel “Tag” Johnson and SuzAnne “Sue” (Johnson) Sockness.

Scott received his degree in Packaging Machinery Service at WITI – New Richmond. The majority of his work life was spent at Thiele Engineering, Philips Plastics and Marathon Oil, where he always seemed to form lifelong friendships. Dedicated to impeccable job performance, he did it right and did it well.

There are those of us who would say he had a talent in all things. He was never prideful or boastful, and would freely admit to the knowledge and skills he didn’t possess. However, of the vast talents that seemed to come so easily, he freely and joyfully shared. He made a difference in the lives of many. Always quick with a hug and that big dimpled, blue-eyed smile, he exuded genuine warmth and kindness. His irreproachable style of storytelling, quick wit and humor were a gift to those who knew him. You just knew this is a guy who is truly LIVING his life – and you wanted to be a part of it.

Scott’s great love is Deneen Strait, his Sweetheart of 28 years. They shared a deep love, immense joy and laughter, and worked together to make the best of all life offered.

Scott’s truest passions were in the woods and on the water – this was his playground. In these places he found a second home. And, he invited everyone to it.

Scott is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Dorothy & Vincent Reck; paternal grandparents Paul and Marion Johnson; uncle, Roger Johnson; uncle, Bob Sesvold; and stepfather, Terry Sockness;

Scott is survived by the love of his life, Deneen Strait; father, Tag (Lynda) Johnson; mother, Sue (Johnson) Sockness (Ronald Hurlburt); brother, Troy Johnson (Jessica Pechuman Meyers); sister, Wendy Johnson (Gerald Helget); nieces, Taylor Lacey, Kayley Helget; uncle Ronald and aunt Lois Johnson; aunt Judy Koxlien; uncle Michael Koxlien; aunt Martha Sesvold; Deneen’s immediate family members: mother, Earleen Strait; father, Richard Strait; sister, Denise Strait; sister, Doreen (Doug) Gustafson; niece, Carly Gustafson; nephews, Dylan Strait and Mason Gustafson; as well as many cousins and other relatives and many, many great friends.

Services celebrating the life of Scott Johnson will be held on Friday, May 17th. Visitation will begin at 1:00pm, with a Celebration of Life at 3:00pm – all at the Joy Lutheran Church, 1435 Saint Croix Street in Prescott, WI. A Gathering of Family and Friends will continue at the Ridgetop, W10516 US Hwy 10 in rural Prescott.

When formal services end, you are strongly encouraged to untuck dress shirts, remove ties, and put on your favorite BALL CAP! It’s time to celebrate a good man’s life – well lived – as he would have done for us.

Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott, WI. 715-262-5404

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  • With deep sadness I learned of Scott’s passing. I am forever grateful for the blessings of his friendship, hunting and fishing adventures shared, and unparalleled kindness and generosity. I pray the Lord’s comfort for Deneen and the family though their loss.

  • Scott was one of the greatest people I’ve ever met.
    I’ll never forget the times he took me fishing on the river.
    He was the most knowledgeable and unselfish person
    you could ever meet. I will miss meeting for beers on Thursday
    nights after work. I am truly blessed to have him as friend.

  • When I 1st met Scottie i was in kindergarten. We just moved to Prescott. His family and mine became close friends for many years. I remember watching him play basketball and getting rides on the back of the snowmobiles. Although I moved away whenever I came to Prescott and saw him downtown he always knew who I was and was there with a smile and a hug. You will be missed by so many.

  • Even though I didn’t get to spend much time with you while you were on this earth the times I did I will never forget that infectious smile! Whenever Deneen talked about you there was always a smile on her face and you could feel the love you two had for each other. You will be missed by many but the memories of you will last a lifetime. Deneen’s college buddies will keep a close eye on her for you, she’s a strong women! RIP Scooter!

  • Canada fishing trip was my first introduction to Scooter.
    A few beers and short conversations over the years were enough to
    know this cat was one of the good guys.
    So sorry your family and community lost you so soon.
    With heartfelt sympathy.
    The Place Family

  • There are way too many ways to compliment Scott. He was
    Genuinely warm, caring , friendly, approachable. Funny,
    And selfless. It was not about him always about doing for someone else.
    I am so thankful to have known him and Deneen . And
    Will miss him as a neighbor and friend. And My dog Buddy
    Will really miss him also ,no more deer legs☹️.
    You are on the big boat in heaven calm sailing my friend.
    My heart aches for his family , Deneen he will forever be
    Here in the wind and the water and the air you breath.

  • The world lost one of the very best but heaven has gained one heck of an angel! Scott has to be the most genuinely nice person I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Whenever he saw you, not matter how long it had been, he always had a big smile, a warm hug and all the time in the world to give all his attention to you. Our community has a huge hole in it now but how blessed we’ve been to have had Scott in our lives. Love and hugs to Deneen and the Johnson family.

  • Scooter was truly one of the Good Guys!! Many good memories from high school sports to Super Bowl weekend snowmobiling trips!
    RIP Buddy.

  • “My Brother from a different Mother!” The world sure could use more people like Scott!! Family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Our most sincere condolences. Scott and I went to sunday school, confirmation, and church together at Joy Lutheran.. We were also in Class of 82 together. He was a family friend to Shari & I and he will be missed.


  • Scooter ( Scott Johnson ) Thank you for all those great weekends of playing softball together .It was a honor to play ball next to a individual the likes of Scooter .He was a kind and loving person ,always with a smile and loved anything if he was outside . He loved not only softball but fishing -hunting -all outdoor sports.. My prayers and condolences to his family. RIP Scooter you will be missed

  • “God himself will be with you. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

  • Scott was a great guy. He was one of those very special people you meet in life. Always a positive attitude and never had anything bad to say about anyone. I’d never turned a double-play in my life, until I got a chance to play ball with Scotty. As a matter of fact – we turned two that day. He was a great softball player. He will be greatly missed. RIP.

  • Scoots was a kind man and a dear friend. He never once, since 1976, failed to make me laugh. He gave the greatest hugs…and what a joy to watch that guy play ball! With that wingspan nothing got by him. A heck of a dancer, he had all moves. I loved Scooter a lot and I will sure miss him.

  • Scott was just a all around capable nice guy. Happy to have worked with him at Thiele.