Kenneth (Kenny) Johnson, 78, of Eagle River, passed away on Sept. 29.
Kenny was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 18, 1942. He was predeceased by his parents Milton and Patricia Johnson and sister Jackie. Milton was a flight instructor for the U.S. Air Force and moved the family to Woodruff, to be closer to Kenny’s grandparents. Milton was the first pilot for North Central Airlines in Wisconsin. Kenny married Bonnie Schillinger on August 18, 1973. They were happily married for 48 years and traveled extensively. 
Kenny was a man with a wide variety of interests. After receiving a degree in Business from Wausau Technology School, he became an announcer for a radio station in Wausau. He had a passion for music and joined a band called “The Tornados” where he played lead guitar and was the lead singer. His love of music extended to teaching guitar and producing a CD of his own music entitled “Wind Wisper” which received much notoriety. Among his other interests were film and scuba diving. He travelled with and assisted his father-in-law (Joe Schillinger) in filming many of the episodes aired on Joe’s television show “The Outdoor Sportsman.” Kenny was a Master Scuba Instructor and operated the Island Scuba & Snorkeling Center in Minocqua where he gave scuba lessons and sold equipment. 
Kenny was very fond of animals. He had a horse named Bucky that he rode frequently at the Wausau Boot & Saddle Club. He loved tropical birds and was predeceased by his first parrot, RT, and survived by his latest love Buttercup. Kenny believed in providing service to his country as well as his fellows. He spent 5 years in the National Guard and was a lifetime member and advocate for the National Rifle Association. During his retirement he donated considerable amounts of time to his church and other seniors needing help with various projects. Throughout his life, Kenny was an avid collector of both coins and guns. Kenny is survived by his wife Bonnie Schillinger Johnson. 
The funeral services will be held at noon on Oct. 11 at St. Mary of the Snows Church in Eagle River. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The burial will follow the funeral at Evergreen Municipal Cemetery in Woodruff at approximately 2 p.m. Friends and family will gather after the burial at St. Mary of the Snows for a dinner to celebrate Kenny’s life at approximately 3:30 p.m. 
Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.