Jerome was born Jan. 5, 1937, in Eau Claire to George F. and Ruby (Garton) Johnson. He graduated in 1955 from Eau Claire High School, and then attended UW-Eau Claire. He played baseball with the Milwaukee Braves in 1956.
Jerome married Dawn Hardwick from Humbird in 1959. He served in the National Guard from 1954 to 1964, during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. Jerome worked at Roberts Wholesale for 10 years, then at Uniroyal Tire Company from 1966 until his retirement in 1992. He was an active member of Altoona United Methodist Church for 44 years, where he presently served as the chairman of the council. Jerome enjoyed being involved with his children's sports and school activities, and watching his grandchildren's games. He loved playing cribbage and cards with his family and grandchildren. Hunting and fishing were a favorite. Jerome was able to deer hunt with every one of his grandsons. He took pride in his family and friends. Jerome enjoyed reminiscing about the good 'ol days and telling jokes.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, George and Ruby Johnson.
Jerome is survived by his wife, Dawn (Hardwick) Johnson of Altoona; brother, Rodney Johnson of Ashland; four children, Janet Beaudoin of Sheboygan Falls, Joanne (Paul) Rehberg of Altoona, Jay (Karen) Johnson of Eau Claire and Jeff (Wendy) Johnson of Altoona; six grandchildren, David (Kelly) Beaudoin of Kenosha, Nicole Johnson of Altoona, Joel and Justin Johnson of Eau Claire and Nathan and Nic Johnson of Altoona; three great-grandchildren, Michael, Emma and Logan Beaudoin of Kenosha; and many other relatives.
Services for Jerome will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Altoona United Methodist Church, 428 First Street W., Altoona, with the Reverend Keith Aurand officiating.
Friends and family may visit at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. today and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Family and friends may send condolences online at www. fullerspeckienhulke.com.
Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.