Shane Johnson

Shane Brandon Johnson “Digger”, 47, of Hildreth, passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at CHI Health – Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, after suffering a massive heart attack in Franklin. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth with Rev. Caroline Keenan officiating. Interment will be held following the service at the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, south of Hildreth. The service will be live-streamed to the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition or to the American Heart Association. Craig Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

The first child of Stephen and Melanie Johnson, Shane was born in Minden, NE, on October 22, 1974.  He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Upland on December 22, 1974 and was confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hildreth on May 7, 1989.  

He grew up in the Upland area, attended school in a one room school in Macon, NE until second grade and then attended school in Minden.  He graduated with the Class of 1993 and later attended UNL and University of Nebraska at Kearney.  While at UNK, he worked for Horner-Lieske Mortuary where he developed a strong desire to become a funeral director. He met Nicole Aldrich while attending UNK and they added Alexis Brieann Johnson on January 31, 1997. They were married on May 24, 1997, in Holdrege.  They lived in Holdrege for a couple of years and he worked for Landmark in the parts department. Then his “dream” once again appeared to become a funeral director.  In the winter of 1999, they moved to Houston, Texas where he enrolled in Commonwealth Mortuary School.  He graduated the following winter with an associate’s degree in Mortuary Science.  He worked for Earthman Rest Haven Funeral Home in Houston.  

Shane and Nicole later divorced but remained dedicated co-parents to Alexis.  Shane met Joyelle Hackett and her two children, Kendall Mae and Dillon Natrel, and they, along with Alexis, became a blended family. Shane and Joyelle were married September 22, 2005, in Houston. Shane, Joyelle and her two children moved to Georgia, where he became a welder.  

In 2012, the family moved to Nebraska “home” for yet another career change.  He began working for Royal Plastics in Minden and finally found a place at CPI in Franklin, where he was assistant manager at the time of his death.  

Shane was an avid sports fan.  He followed many teams, but his “favorite” was the Green Bay Packers.  While in high school he played basketball and later coached Dillon’s team in Minden.  He enjoyed playing cards (Scat and Pitch), PlayStation, and spending time with family and friends.  He also enjoyed helping people whenever he could.  

Shane was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth and Sons of the American Legion in Upland.  

Survivors include his daughter, Alexis Brieann Johnson of Houston; parents, Stephen and Melanie Johnson, of Upland; brother, Brent and KatieAnn Johnson of Duluth, Minnesota and their children Keller Joseph and River Blume; sister-in law, Mary Johnson and children Kaleb Frederick, Kip David, Kolt Ryan, and Parker Reinette “Bob” of Upland; wife, Joyelle of South Carolina; step-children, Kendall Hackett and Dillon Hackett of Georgia; aunts and uncles, Suzanne and Steven Fries, Sandy and Jerry Lieberth, Sheila Knott, Stan Johnson, Fred and Nancy Blume, and Rose Blume; as well as a host of cousins and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Seth Ryan Johnson and his grandparents, Lee and Ruth Johnson, and Frederick and Freda Blume. 

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