Michael L. 'Mike' Johnson, 53, passed away July 11, 2007. Survived by his wife of 22 years, June Rodighiero Johnson; parents, George and Patricia Johnson of Pueblo; children, Mike (Emily) Johnson, Jr. of Port Royal, Va., Nicole (Brian) Copelli of Colorado Springs and Zachary Johnson of Pueblo; grandchildren, Ally Johnson, Cole Coleman and John Copelli; siblings, Gary (Tina) Johnson of Westcliffe, Georgia (Albert) Fajt of Pueblo and Tom Johnson of Pueblo; brothers-in-law, John Rodighiero of Nevada and Mark Rodighiero of Pueblo; numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was born Oct. 5, 1953, in Pueblo, and was an irrigation specialist for Pueblo City Parks and Recreation for 28 years. He enjoyed hunting, NHRA drag racing and hockey, especially the Avalanche. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Pastor Bobby Gallegos officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Mike Johnson Memorial Fund through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. There’s a saying, “Don’t cry for the loss, rejoice for the jorney.” I’m greatful to say I got to share part of Mike’s journey and truly rejoice at the momories. I never met a truer friend or a person who was so loyal.
    His commitment to family and friends was astounding. Mike could accomplish anything he set out to do whether he had tackled that trait before or not. And by tackle I mean perfect.
    I wish I had space to relate the times we shared at the Parks Dept.
    I’ll never forget the ‘twinkle’ in his eyes when he spoke about, Nick and the grandkids, Mike and his accomplishments with the Navy, or just what Zach was up to now. I just don’t have the right words to described the ‘twinkle’ when he spoke about his best friend, June.
    Mike never hesitated to explore new avenues and I hope his friends realize he is scounting on ahead for us now.

  2. With Deepest Sympathy. I am a childhood friend of Mike’s. I am a friend to Randy Baker a neighbor of Mike’s when he was growing up. I became friends with Mike during Junior High School. We would ride bikes and go swimming during the summer. He had a light blue Chevy around 1956 that he loved to work on. He was good caring friend. I am sure he was a good father and husband. May God comfort you.

    Dennis Diaz

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