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Wanda J. (Ham) Johnson

July 18, 1948 ~ August 16, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old


Wanda J. (Ham) Johnson, 75, of rural Doniphan, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul. Tim Ham will offer words of comfort.  Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, August 18, 2023, at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or the American Cancer Society.

Wanda was born on July 18, 1948 to Howard & Maggie (Birdie) Ham in Falls City, Nebraska. She attended school in the Lincoln area.

She married Calvin Heusinkvelt on August 12, 1966 in Martel. The couple had 4 children and they were raised in St. Paul. The couple later divorced. Wanda was a hard worker and had various jobs before she started her home daycare which she did for 20 years. Wanda married Jerry Johnson on August 4, 1990 in Grand Island. They made their home near Doniphan and enjoyed raising dogs and living on the acreage. They especially cherished their sunroom which they built together and hosted many holiday gatherings. They were members of the Grand Island Kennel Club. Wanda and Jerry team drove their semi throughout the United States, missing only one state. She enjoyed taking care of her plants and flowers… inside and out. She also enjoyed raising watermelons, winning 1st place at the State Fair numerous times. The biggest was 145 pounds! She loved to crochet, bake, cook and most of all, spending time with her family. Wanda and Jerry enjoyed traveling, especially to casinos and dancing.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Jerry Johnson of Doniphan; children, Tammy Heusinkvelt (Jim Pursell) of Bladen, Tod (Debbie) Heusinkvelt of Dannebrog, Troy (Lisa) Heusinkvelt of Iowa, Travis Heusinkvelt (Trina Holden) of Lincoln, and stepchildren, Kevin (Kristina) Johnson of California and Tami (Kevin) Lockhorn of Ravenna. 

Additional family members include her sister, Cathy (Gene) Scarborough; half-sister, Ronda (Joseph) Kennedy; half-brothers, Dave (Mary) Ham; Mike (Marcia) Ham, Tim (Ellen) Ham, Clayton (Linda) Ham, Cary (Tina) Ham, Randy (Kim) Ham, Shawn (Stefanie) Ham, step-mother, Marilyn (Ham) Koehn; grandchildren, Kyndsay (Devin) Herrick, Kassie (Kelly) Faimon, Reagan Rust, Brady (Kenzie) Heusinkvelt, Madison Heusinkvelt, Alexis (Andrew) Mendyk, Jordan (Sara) Heusinkvelt, Alery Heusinkvelt, Shelby Heusinkvelt, Willow Heusinkvelt; great-grandkids, Owen, Hazlee, (and Maxtyn), Abram, Liam, Winsom , Blake, Brooke, Brandi, Niki, Eastyn, Ashton, Brecken, Carson and Sophia; and one great-granddaughter on the way, step-grandchildren, Lana, Erica and Brendan.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Judy Martin, Carol Gilliland and Tina Ross; half-sister, Debbie Allen; half-brother, Rick Ham; and grandson, Broedy Starkey. 


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August 18, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home
411 O Street
St. Paul, NE 68873

Funeral Service
August 19, 2023

10:30 AM
411 O Street, P.O. Box 112
St. Paul, NE 68873

August 19, 2023

11:30 AM
Elmwood Cemetery
1/4 mile south Adams St. on Jackson St.
St. Paul, NE 68873


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