Helmer R. Johnson


Helmer ‘Ham’ R. Johnson, 86, of Superior, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021, with his family by his side. Helmer was born in Springbrook, WI on March 2, 1935, the son of John and Myrtle (Haynes) Johnson. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer at Fort Bliss, Texas. After returning to Wisconsin, he worked for Duplex MFG and Fraser Shipyard and had done repairs on the Edmund Fitzgerald. Helmer later worked for Lakehead Pipeline (Enbridge) as a Station Maintainer at the Superior Terminal for over 30 years. Ham loved to hunt and fish. He was a wonderful mechanic and a master fix it of everything. He was a lover of dogs and will be missed by his dog Mandy and grand-dogs, Max, Ellie, Honey, and Hallie. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ruth; parents, John and Myrtle; brothers, Norman, Vernon, Gilbert, Delphin, and John ‘Wesley’; and sisters, Marjorie, Delores, and Marlene. Helmer is survived by his wife of 62 ½ years, Betty (Lamberg); daughter, Karen Poquette of Eau Claire; son, Scott Johnson of Superior; grandchildren, Phillip, Amanda, John Marc, and Samuel Poquette; brother, Arlen (Sandy) Johnson of Spooner; son-in-law, Richard Franik of Superior; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Paulson, Superior, Lois Johnson of Superior, and Kay Lamberg of Appleton, WI; and many nieces and nephews. A private family burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Minong, WI. A Celebration of Helmer’s life will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 12-4 p.m. at the Superior Town Hall, 4917 WI Hwy 35. The family would like to give special thank you to Essentia Health Hospice for all their special care. Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N 19th St., is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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