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Lawrence Johnson Jr. 04/03/2023

Lawrence Johnson Jr., age 84, of River Falls, WI, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on April 3, 2023. He was born on February 11, 1939, to Lawrence Martin and Alice Jeanette (Cudd) Johnson. Jr. attended grade school at Forestville Country School. He graduated from River Falls
High School in 1958. He married his high school sweetheart, Diane Kusilek, in 1960. The marriage was blessed with four children.
Jr. worked with H.D. Cudd Builders during his high school years. In 1965, he worked construction at 3M with his uncle, John Cudd, Jr. In 1967, he and John started their homebuilding business, Cudd & Johnson Contractors. In 1969, Gene Larson and Don Kruger joined the business, thereafter, known as Quality Built Homes. Together they built around 200 new homes. They also completed hundreds of remodeling and home addition projects.
In 1971, Quality Built Homes built a cabin in Cumberland, WI, where many years of hunting was done with family and friends. In later years, they purchased a park model trailer on Nelson Lake in Hayward, WI. Here, Diane, Jr., and family spent many weekends fishing and finding bargains at garage sales.
Jr.’s passion was spending time with his family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son, sons-in-law, grandsons, and their families. He spent countless hours watching his kids’ and grandkids’ various activities. Jr. and Diane loved to travel. Some of their favorite memories include Branson, Hawaii and Alaska. Other hobbies Jr. loved were dancing, visiting with friends, and playing cards. Jr. was an avid Green Bay Packer, Brewer, and Badger fan.
His faith was very important in his life. He was baptized and confirmed at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls, WI. Jr. will remain in the heart of his loving wife Diane of 63 years as a humble, dedicated man of devotion and love. He will be remembered by his children as a man of great kindness, patience, and strong faith. He was a teacher of life lessons and a beautiful caregiver. An active listener who routinely offered advice and direction. Dad’s love was unconditional and never ending. This is something we will cherish from his character and take with us forever.
Jr. is survived by his wife, Diane (Kusilek) Johnson; children: Joanne (Loren) Heebink, Linda (Brian) Pechacek, Boyd (Paula) Johnson, Brenda Simone; grandchildren: Charles (Nichole) Larson, Nathan Larson, Colin Pechacek, Mari (Dan) Koecher, Megan Pechacek, Taylor (Hannah) Johnson, Peyton Johnson, Kacey Simone, Vinnie Simone; step-grandchildren: Koehl (Lily) Heebink, Mckel Heebink; four great-grandchildren, sister Cynthia (Al) Moosbrugger, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Lawrence Jr. was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Alice Johnson, and grandparents, Hannah and John Cudd, Sr. The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to St, Croix Hospice for the dedicated care they provided.
A memorial service was held at 3:00 PM on Monday, April 10, 2023, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church (202 S 2nd Street) in River Falls, WI. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM. A private family interment was Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Douglas and Kathy Posted April 4, 2023 4:45 pm

    So sorry to hear of my cousin’s passing. Have many great memories from working with him and hunting with him. We enjoyed seeing him every week at church. I know he was a great husband and father to you all and will be greatly missed.

  • Maureen Paulson Posted April 4, 2023 9:35 pm

    I’m sad to hear of Junior’s passing. He was such a devoted member of Ezekiel Lutheran & always had a smile for me on Sundays! He will be missed.

  • Renslow Teri Posted April 5, 2023 3:43 pm

    Hugs and prayers to all of you. Uncle Jr will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Sending our love

  • Dale and Lois Lawrynk Posted April 6, 2023 2:19 pm

    Dear Diane and family, Our hearts are broken, Junior was a dear friend of so many years! We will miss him so! You have our deepest sympathy, our love and our prayers. Love, Dale and Lois

  • Marion Erlandson Posted April 6, 2023 3:19 pm

    Thinking of you and extending my sympathy Diane🙏💐

  • Marion Erlandson Posted April 6, 2023 3:22 pm

    Diane 💐thinking of you and sending my sympaty🙏

  • Alison Ricci Posted April 6, 2023 4:37 pm

    So sorry for your loss Boyd and Paula and Peyton and Taylor

  • Sue Zak Posted April 6, 2023 5:57 pm

    So Sorry Diane and family🙏🏻I heard great things about him from Diane while working together many years at Rocky Branch. Love and Prayers

  • Jean and Mark Ritzinger Posted April 6, 2023 6:25 pm

    Our family has so many good memories of the “Quality Boys” building our house. They made it a fun experience for all of us, especially our kids. Thank you Jr. You will be missed

  • Larry Hilden Posted April 7, 2023 7:57 am

    Jr was the most giving person. When mom would call him with an emergency (in her eyes) he would drop everything he was doing and go fix whatever needed fixing. He loved playing cards with the Cudd bunch (Alice, Tootie, Johnny and Dorthey) and his laughter was infectious. He will be sorely missed!

  • Fred & Yvonne Benson Posted April 7, 2023 6:01 pm

    Oh my gosh! We are so saddened to hear of Jr’s passing. He always was smiling and having fun. We will remember him as being a kind and big hesrted guy. He did our addtion 11 yes ago and we enjoyed everyday with him. So sorry Diane and family for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers! God Bless!

  • Steve and Mary Peters Posted April 8, 2023 3:01 pm

    Diane and Family,
    We are so sad to lose our good friend, Jr., and we’ll miss visiting with him at the lake. He was such a kind and friendly man. Steve enjoyed fishing below the dam with him at Nelson Lake. May he rest in peace.

  • Jeff and Patti Deters Posted April 9, 2023 7:49 pm

    Prayers to you Diane, Brenda, and Boyd. We always enjoyed visiting with Jr. on our visits to River Falls and we have many fond memories of his pheasant hunts with us in South Dakota. Rest in peace Jr.

  • Eisbrenner Family Posted April 11, 2023 2:43 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lawrence. We didn’t know Lawrence but from all the comments we have read he was a wonderful person and truly loved. Death is never easy but to know he lived a full life with such a loving family and so many close friends is comforting. Lawrence will be thought of often and will never be forgotten. Something we have personally found to be of great comfort are the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28 “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out “. May God Jehovah comfort you during this sad time in your life.

  • Mary and Mark Babler Posted April 12, 2023 12:23 pm

    We just learned of junior’s passing yesterday. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers, for God’s comfort and grace. Our deepest sympathy for all of you.

  • Only in Ohio Posted May 2, 2023 3:05 pm

    Skill issue

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