Doug Johnson, 81, of River Falls died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home after a battle with cancer. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was an active member of the River Falls American Legion Post 121 which included the Legion honor guard as the bugler performing Taps at burials. Doug loved being an educator at UW-River Falls in the Art Department. He started the glass blowing program and then taught sculpture. He performed for many years with the “Tin Pan Alley Cats” as the lead singer and playing trumpet. Doug found enjoyment in his private pottery studio at his home. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margel; sister-in-laws, Donna Carlson, Lois Grandbois, and Joanne Rachner; his brother-in-law, Bob Nelson; along with nieces and nephews. Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Fredolph and Leona; sister-in-law, Darlene Nelson; and brothers-in-law, Larry Grandbois and Ralph Rachner. At Doug’s request no formal services will be held. Memorials can be made to the: Doug and Margel Johnson Art Scholarship Fund with UW-River Falls Foundation. Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
He was enjoyed as an instructor and friend. A great guy who will be greatly missed