Jeffrey Johnson was a funny and engaging man who loved to entertain people and make them laugh, said Emily Johnson, his wife of 22 years.
“He did magic tricks, and would do them at his trade shows, or do card tricks in restaurants,” she said. “He was extremely outgoing and funny.”
Jeffrey Johnson, 55, of Hobart, died March 30. He had been a salesman, most recently in industrial gas and safety.
He was serving as director of education for the Calumet Astronomical Society.
He enjoyed being a part of the society, and loved using not only his telescope, but also the group’s telescope located at Buckley Homestead.
“He enjoyed coordinating events for the youth groups,” she said.
His grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden, and Johnson became the family historian. He traced the genealogy of his family and traveled to Sweden to meet family there.
He was interested in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., which was a Civil War burial ground.
“He liked research and writing about things,” she said.
He enjoyed woodworking and fishing, his wife said. He was close with his family, she said.
Emily Johnson said she admired her husband for his humor and his generous spirit.
“He was a very giving person,” she said. “He would do anything he could to help people. He loved learning and sharing his knowledge with others. He enjoyed making people happy.”