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Mike Johnson

August 4, 1948 ~ November 21, 2017 (age 69)

Michael Wayne Johnson

(August 4, 1948 – November 21, 2017)

Mike Johnson, 69, was born on August 4, 1948 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Peter and Lucille Johnson.  Mike graduated from Eau Claire High School and enlisted in the US Navy at 19.     He volunteered for Nuclear Power School and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and a Masters in Education from Boston University.  On September 6th, 1968, he married Sheila Miller in Spooner, Wisconsin.

He honorably served 23 years as a US Naval Officer on board the USS Pledge MSO402, USS O’Brien DD975, USS George Philip FFG112, as Chief Engineer of the USS Racine CST1191 and as Director of Naval Science at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Cape Cod.

After retiring from the US Navy in 1996, he taught Math and Physics at the high school level for 15 years, retiring for the second time from Richmond High School in 2011.

On August 21st, 1999 he married Wanda Drinkwater in Verona, Maine and made a new home in Maine for the last 18 years.  Mike most enjoyed teaching, whether training Boatswain on board ship sailing the Pacific Ocean, his Algebra II students in high school, or his grandchildren to eagerly catch their first fish.
He was a well-loved member of the weekly Tuesday Morning Survivors VA Group and an active member of Augusta First Church of the Nazarene.  Survivors include his wife Wanda of Sidney, Maine; a combination of five children and their spouses, ten grandchildren, four siblings and their spouses of Eau Claire, Wisconsin as well as innumerable sailors, students and Scouts across the world.  He was preceded in death by his parents

Mike’s Celebration of Life Service will be at Augusta First Church of the Nazarene, 30 Nazarene Drive, Augusta, ME  04330 on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Rick Gundberg will be officiating.  A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Staples Funeral Home is assisting the family.  To send on-line condolences, please go to  In lieu of flowers, Mike has requested donations be made in his name to the Humane Society of Knox County at or to Maine General Hospice at




 Service Information

Celebration of Life
November 28, 2017

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Augusta Church of the Nazarene
30 Nazarene Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330

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