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Donald Neal Johnson passed away March 3 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born to John Oliver and Wanda June Miller Johnson in Triadelphia, W. Va., on Oct. 31, 1944. Don’s father worked as a farmer and carpenter and he was raised on farms with his five siblings in Saxonburg, Butler County, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1968, including three tours of Vietnam, and was honored to do so. He worked in the construction industry most of his life, owning Johnson Concrete for many years. In his free time he was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his Harley. Just as when he rode bulls, Don grabbed life by the horns and lived each day to its fullest always wondering what was around the next bend. To coin the phrase “Wild Child,” would be an understatement. A “Hard Working Hellraising Harley Riding Cowboy” would be closer to the point. He had an infectious smile, and great sense of humor and a heart of gold. Don is survived by his loving wife Vicky Rowland whom he adored; stepchildren Joshua andJeremy Rowland; adopted children from a previous marriage Jason (Mary) and Jared (Amber) Johnson and Tammy (Jeff) Simonson; his grandchildren Riley Rowland, Tylor Pfost, Chloe and Shaelynn Simonson, Austin, Kyle, Jordan, Jada, Dallas and Jared Johnson; sisters Jackie Wade, Bonnie Shemoch and Jeanie (Jim) Lash; numerous nieces and nephews, including John Wade, whom he considered a brother. He also leaves behind many friends and some great friends Rick Swartwood, Tom Cullen and Mike Helmbrecht. Don is preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill Johnson, sister Linda Laidlaw, mother-in-law Sylvia Kilpatrick Campbell and brother-in-law John “JC” Campbell. In Don’s memory there will be a “Celebration of Life” at the Almont Resort, March 22 at 4 p.m. After the service there will be food and a party with Tequila Sunrises and music by DJ Dougie playing Willie, Waylon, Johnny Cash, etc., at his request.