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Obituary: Long Haul Driver Keith Allen Johnson Dies in Nebraska Crash

Keith Allen Johnson of Monticello died tragically Sept. 9 in Nebraska. He worked for the Albertville-based trucking company.

Keith Allen Johnson, 27, was welcomed into this world on March 9, 1985 and called home by his heavenly father on September 9, 2012. Keith amazed family and friends with his humor and his ability to light up a room whenever he entered. He was famous for his bear hugs, respect for women and children, and his playfulness. Keith was known as “Keeter “to his friends and “Scooter” to his family. He was also known by many as “General Lee“, “Baby Huey”, “Big Brother”, “Little Brother”, “Teddy Bear” and many more titles. His zest for life was evident in his job as an over the road truck driver, and when he returned home to be with family and friends. Those near him always felt love, care and empathy when he was around.

Keith Allen Johnson, age 27 of Monticello died in a motor vehicle accident which occurred in Nebraska on Sunday September 9, 2012. There will be a visitation on Thursday September 20, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello, followed by a prayer service at 8 p.m.. Funeral services will be Friday September 21, 2012 at 11 AM at Bridgeview Assembly of God Church, 20500 County Road 11, Big Lake. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery of Monticello. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.

Keith will always be in the hearts of his family and will be remembered by his mother, Liz Johnson of Monticello; father Bryan Johnson of Menomonie, WI; brothers Josh (Stephanie) McClanahan of Maple Lake, Ron McClanahan of Becker, Cory McClanahan of Big Lake, Tyler McClanahan of Monticello; his surrogate family mother Teresa McClanahan; father Leo McClanahan; brothers and sisters Krista (Justin) Jackson of Annandale, Nathan (Stacy) McClanahan of Mora, Tommy (Leah) McClanahan of Starbuck, Randy (Suzie) McClanahan of Monticello, Tiffany (John) Frieler of Annandale; grandmother Margery McClanahan of Big Falls, MN; grandfather Gerald Johnson of Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, God children, and many friends.

Keith was preceded in death by Grandmother Susan Johnson; Grandfather Leo McClanahan; and nephew Kurt McClanahan. Keith will “Keep on Truckin’” in his new venture.

Editor's Note: This obituary was submitted by the friends and family of Keith Johnson, and not edited, per their request. 

Di Rothman September 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Praying for your family during this very difficult time. May you feel God's peace surround you.
Dawn Reinking September 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Thank you for everything Di. Blessings to you!
Carrie September 13, 2012 at 03:06 PM
May God bring you all comfort through this tragic time as He heals your hearts! You are in my prayers.
Kyle Reischl September 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Keeter was and still is a friend of mine. I will never forget a fellow trucker because he is in heaven grabbin gears and turnin wheels while I am down here doing the same. KEEP TRUCKIN KEETER!
Lucas Pollock September 14, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Love ya and miss ya Skeet Skeet. You are and will always be one of the best friends i ever had. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and fellow friends.
Stephanie McClanahan September 16, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Sure miss you big guy....
anita trisco September 17, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. My dad (barney) just called and told me, I just want to send you all my prayers. Keith was such a sweet guy. He was always so nice to me in school. And he will be missed. The world has lost one of the greatest sweetest guys I have had the honor of knowing. Anita Barnett ( trisco )
Krista Jackson September 19, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Miss you little brother, love you lots
Jake Ostler April 03, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I used to work for a <a href="http://www.titantransport.com">long haul trucking</a> myself, it is terrible when something like this happens. I send my regards.
Chelsea Gerholz February 11, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Keith will always be in my heart. He always put a smile on my face. He was a sweet caring person.

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