Gregory “Gregg” Allen Johnson, 77, of Roscoe passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Great Plains Health.
Gregg was born on Dec. 24, 1941 at Burwell to John and Margaret (Dunne) Johnson. He was the fifth of nine children.
Gregg attended country schools in his elementary years and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in O’Neill with the class of 1960. Gregg joined the U.S. Army and he served in Vietnam in the Big Red 1 First Infantry Division where he earned numerous medals.
Following his honorable discharge in 1966, Gregg returned to Nebraska where he met and married Bonnie J. Malone on Oct. 26, 1968 at Palisade. To this union, they were blessed with two daughters, Audra L. and Heather Jane.
Gregg did a number of different things in his life. Gregg was a jack of all trades and a master of all, which included a lumber-jack, managed a feedlot, road construction, and worked at an ammunition plant.
He also loved to rodeo, participating in bull riding, team roping, and bull dogging in his spare time. Gregg, Bonnie and Gregg’s brother Larry owned and operated their ranch at Eli for ten years. Gregg specialized in contract labor fencing, balling hay, and cattle AI in his ranching career.
He also sold life insurance all before finding his true passion. In 1985 Gregg decided that he was going to start a pest control business with an emphasis on prairie dog control. Gregg and Bonnie built their venture into a 4 State Rodent Control, which now services more than six states and has become one of the largest businesses of its kind. Gregg was well known and often referred to as the “The Prairie Dog Man.”
While Gregg and Bonnie were proud of this accomplishment, they were perhaps more gratified by the fact that there have been three generations of family that has been involved in the business. From their rodent control venture to their Amway business, Gregg and Bonnie have always taken pride in working hard and doing things the right way.
There were a few things in life that Gregg was passionate about, including his faith in Jesus, and being a man of integrity. His word was his bond. Gregg always shared a close-knit bond with his siblings, and that closeness carried over to his own home. He loved his family, and he and his wife Bonnie were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in Dec 2018. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Gregg was enthusiastic about gardening, fishing, and Husker football.
Gregg was a lifetime member of the American Legion Association Post 319 in Cody.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Roscoe; children, Audra (Corey) Hill of Park Rapids, Minn. and Heather (Patrick) Solon of Kadoka, S.D.; grandchildren, Danielle, Paige, Payton, Tristan, and Eli Hill, Shaina, Savannah, River, and Ridge Solon; siblings, Collean (Fred) Frederickson of Ada, Okla., Larry Johnson, Carol Johnson, John (Susan) Johnson, and George (Karen) Johnson, all of Cody, Ed (Linda) Johnson of Greeley, Colo., and other relatives.
Gregg was preceded in death by his parents, John, and Margaret; sisters, Jeanette (Tom) Hoffmann and Jacqueline (Tom) Carey; nieces, Collean Fredrickson, Nicole Johnson, Kathleen Johnson, and Jean Pelc; nephew, Matthew Peterson.
Funeral services will be on Monday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. at New Hope Church in Ogallala with Pastor Eric Wait officiating. Burial will be at Saint Marys Cemetery in Nenzel on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. with military honors provided by American Legion Post #319.
Visitation will be on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1-5 p.m. with a time of sharing at 5 p.m. at Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Ogallala, which is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service will be streamed live for those unable to attend.