Brian K. Johnson

Brian K. Johnson
May 8, 1965 – Feb. 22, 2012
CULVER — Brian K. Johnson, 46, of Culver passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at Hospice House in Elkhart. 
Brian was born May 8, 1965 to Robert and Donna Johnson, into all the torment and love that comes with being the youngest of five children. He graduated from Culver High School in 1983 as a proud trombonist for the marching band and a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed playing softball, tennis, bowling, golf, and volleyball; always seeking to share his enthusiasm with others, he later served as the tennis coach for Culver Community High School for several years. As a spectator, he was an avid Indiana University basketball fan.
Brian was a spring maker at Winamac Coil for 24 years and recently worked for Midwest Spring in Mentone. Brian loved cooking and had a special love for all things deep-fried; he owned a deep fryer just to make sure that his pre-cooked fries were saturated in a satisfactory amount of grease. He harbored a firm belief that the cure for all things was a big, greasy cheeseburger. 
Brian left behnd his mother, Donna Johnson of Culver; sister Cynthia (Dennis) Reichard of Rochester; brothers Robert (Helen) Johnson Jr. of Michigan City, Kevin Johnson and Sven Johnson of Culver; daughters: Kathleen, Hannah, Haley, and Olivia of Walton. 
He left his shoes by the door and his closet open; he left his favorite sweatshirt on the back of his chair. He left an empty seat at Christmases and graduations and weddings. He left an absence large enough to touch the lives of everyone he loved and everyone who loved him; he left years he had yet to live.  
Anyone who knew Brian will never forget him. He was a friend to everyone, short trips to the grocery turned into long excursions just by conversing with whoever he ran into, whether he knew them or not. He could lose hours driving around the lake and loved to go out in thunderstorms just to look at the lightning, probably singing along to Phil Vassar. He laughed loudly and told the same three jokes to anyone who would listen. He was a force of nature and will be missed with the same fierceness with which he lived. 
A time of sharing memories with the family will be held at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. The committal and burial will be private.
Memorials may be given to the Hospice House in Elkhart.  Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at
The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.