Owen Curtis Johnson

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died August 11th, 2019

Life is a gift to be cherished by those we have the honor to touch with our hearts. Owen Johnson, the strongest, most courageous young man passed on Sunday, August 11, 2019.  Parents, friends, and family were gifted Owen to love and cherish. He enjoyed meeting people and was a friend to all.  Owen lived his best life with many, varied groups of people.  His peaceful heart bridged gaps between cultures, ages, and abilities that generations before him could not.  He was adventurous, yet satisfied with hanging out with a group of friends.

His spirit and love for being social set him apart from others. Owen was active in the Wheeling Sportsmen-bagging many deer and turkeys over the years.  He enjoyed music, the outdoors, camping with his Pentoga family, welding with his dad, scouting with Boy Scout Troup 411and creating art.  He enjoyed spending time with his “other moms” Sharon Taylor, Helen Lynch, Laurie Sovey and Sarah Franks.  With his quick-witted nature, many laughs were to be had when his moms were around.  He was active in the Arts- his latest activity was Paint Pours.  These art pieces were coveted by friends and family and displayed with pride in their homes.  On the Saturday prior to his passing, Owen entered his favorite Paint Pours into the UP State Fair where he was issued Special Honors Ribbons.  This was his favorite time of year. He loved socializing with everyone he could at the Fair.

His love will be missed by his service dog Cooper, companion dog Fidget, and his crazy cat Hendrix. Cooper and previously Chase were faithful servants for all 59 surgeries and the additional numerous hospitalizations he endured.

Owen’s tenderness and love of life will be greatly missed by all.  He was gifted in the ways of connecting with people and making them feel important. Whether it was his presence, radiant smile, hugs that stopped time, laughter, dancing eyes, artwork, he was our most precious gift.

Owen is survived by his biggest fan, his mother Kelli Danz; step-father Al Danz; father Dave Johnson; brother Mitchell Johnson; step siblings Gabrielle (Steve) Titez, Tanner Danz, Logan Danz; maternal grandparents Michael and Donna Degnan; paternal grandparents Gregg and Joanne Johnson; step grandparents Al and Joan Danz and numerous nieces, nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Owen was preceded in death by his beloved aunt Gina Bower.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Crawford Funeral Home, 302 South 13th Street, Escanaba from 4 – 7 p.m.   The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. with Deacon Terry Saunders officiating.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family and a memorial will be established at a later date.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Johnson family.

Here’s to you Owen:
The Believer of the Impossible,
The Brave Warrior in the midst of the Battle,
The Calmness in Sea of Waves,
The Rainbow after a Thunder Storm
You, our dearest Owen are our Fighter!

Rest in peace love!


8 Tributes to “Owen Curtis Johnson”

  1. Our deepest sympathy. God’s Blessings be with you at this time and always. Love, Matt & Kelly Hanson

  2. I hope that our Lord brings you and your family much needed peace during this sad time.
    My condolences to you and your family.

  3. I first met owen and cooper when they came to lake states, what a friendly young man…we chated often while he was working there, always so proud that his brother would be picking him up…he will truely be missed by all he crossed paths with him.

  4. Sending you our deepest condolences. We are deeply sorry for your loss and we will be thinking of you.

  5. Our deepest sympathies at this time. Owen was more than special to so many people and he had a shining spirit and personality. He will be missed by many many people who have crossed his path. God’s peace to you and your family, may you find comfort in the memories of Owen. Our love and prayers. Dave and Linda Mason, Escanaba

  6. Dear Kelli and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know Owen, the tribute says it all. A very special person. Cherish your memories.

  7. Owen was a sweet young man. I met him at Camp Independence last summer. He was enthusiastic and nice, just a treat to be around. So sorry . Peace to you Owen.

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