Obituary of Carl Brandt Johnson
Carl Brandt Johnson was born in Dearborn, Michigan on January 18, 1958. He was the youngest of nine children born to the union of James Theodore and Winifred Mable (Underwood) Johnson. Carl attended Cherry Hill High School in Inkster, Michigan with the Class of 1976. Following his graduation, he began working at General Motors on the assembly line. After thirty years of dedicated employment, Carl was able to retire in 2006.
Carl was a member of the Myrtle Masonic Lodge No. 89 in Belleville, Michigan. He enjoyed nothing more than casting a line in Lake Erie from his 16’ Mastercraft boat which he often launched from Bolles Harbor or Sterling State Park. He also enjoyed deer hunting on his sister’s property in Copemish and camping in his fifth wheel in Tawas City, Michigan. Carl would always bring his RV along to family reunions across the state. An excellent cook, his family always looked forward to his Chinese chicken casserole and enjoying fish fry’s and barbeque together. Their meal would most certainly be paired with a bottle of Carl’s homemade wine. A gentle giant, Carl was kind and generous, never hesitating to help someone in need. Simply put: he was a “great guy”.
Carl Brandt “Big Foot” Johnson, age 63, of Erie, Michigan passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. His passing was preceded by his parents; brothers: David Johnson and Michael Johnson; sister: Phyllis Michaud; three brothers-in-law: Tom Piekarz, Donald Stewart, and Dennis Primm; and nephew: Jeremy Johnson.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter: Jennifer Pieske; sons: Donnie Johnson and Charlie Johnson; grandchildren: Jordan Brustad, Carlita Pieske, and Dashon Guyton; sisters: Winifred (Gary) Macy, Carol Piekarz, Mary Stewart, Virginia Johnson, and Peggy Primm; former spouse: Jill Hadley; many nieces and nephews; numerous friends; and canine companion: “Tucker”, a Boxer-Pitbull with the sweetest temperament who was always by Carl’s side.
A Celebration of Carl’s Life is being planned for a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133 (734) 317-7199.
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