Linda Rae Johnson

Linda Rae Johnson, 75, of Laramie, passed away on November 2, 2022 in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was born November 19, 1946 to Edward “Bud” Emil and Lois “Bunnie” June (Hanby) Hunziker in Laramie. She spent most of her young life on a ranch west of Laramie helping her dad milk cows and raise all sorts of livestock.

She married Kenneth R. Johnson her high school sweetheart on June 11, 1966. They lived in Laramie until Ken joined the military in the summer of 1966, relocating to many different states and countries throughout his military duty. They returned to Laramie in 1978 with their two young boys.

Linda enjoyed crafting, crocheting, sewing, and knitting. She was a proud member of many organizations and clubs on local, state, and national levels, where she often held an office. She was very active in the Albany County 4-H Program. She started Yellow Jackets 4-H Club and served as a leader. She was Superintendent of rabbit, dairy goats, and needlework until recent years and served on the Albany County Fair Board for 10 years. Not only was she part of the 4-H Program she was also a life-time member of the Laramie Moose Lodge, Eastern Star, Cattlewomen, Wyoming Dairy Goat Association, and the Albany County Homemakers. In her spare time, she loved to bowl and travel with her friends. She absolutely adored her husband and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth of Laramie; her sons, Alan (Salli) Johnson of Laramie and Douglas Johnson of Laramie; grandchildren, Dalton (Savannah) Johnson, Cooper (Rachel) Johnson, Emma Johnson and James Johnson; great granddaughters, Sawyer Johnson and Waverly Johnson; and her sister, Lucille (Darwin) Hunziker-Sandoval of Cheyenne.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the Albany County Fairgrounds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Albany County 4-H Program, 3520 S. 3rd Street, Laramie, WY 82070.

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Condolences (23)

  • Cindy Hamilton

    I first met Linda and ken in 1999 when I first got int dairy goats she was so lovely and was always smiling her contagious smile. She was a lovely lady to be around. I will miss Linda. Condolences to Ken and family for your loss.

  • Claoma Woodall

    Condolences to Ken, Alan, Douglas and their families and Lucille and her family. I first met Linda when they returned from the Navy. Our kid's showed rabbits together in 4-H and other shows. Linda was a very hard worker and skilled craftsman. I will miss seeing her, her smile and her beautiful work at the craft fairs. Words fail to express our deep sorrow for your loss. The Woodall Family

  • Cyndi Vieyra

    Doug and Alan - I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts. Cyndi Vieyra and my boys Allen and Thomas

  • Anonymous

    Doug and Alan - I am so sorry hear of your mom passing. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. Cyndi Vieyra

  • Carol Pooler

    Mark & I are so sorry to hear this. We just loved seeing Linda at church and chatting with her. Our prayers go out to all of you during this time.

  • Jackie Petersen

    So much knowledge and wisdom was bestowed upon so many by Linda. She will be greatly missed. Thoughts and Prayers to the Family.

  • Barb Page

    Aw, Linda was such a great and truly good person. She gave so much of herself to this community through Cowbellles and Albany County 4-H. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs

  • Karen Butler

    Linda was one of the sweetest individuals I ever met. I first was fortunate to meet Linda and Bunnie through Extension Homemakers. Then as a 4-H leader in rabbits. Although I was in Laramie County, she shared her knowledge and experience with my son in his first 4-H project. Soon my daughters were involved with dairy goats where I continued to work with Linda enjoying her friendly personality. Linda always had an upbeat attitude to life and infected all around her with the same positive attitude. Life was an adventure to her. Difficult experiences were always put into a brighter light with Linda. Adversities became a story to share with her friends. Her unfaltering care, love, and respect for Ken was an uplifting scene to observe. She will be missed and has been missed recently as her health deteriorated. There is a special place for wonderful individuals such as Linda. Goodbye my friend. Karen Butler


    Linda's father and my father, served together in World War II, they were stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA. They both married WA gals and settled in Laramie when the war was over. Linda, my sister, Laurell Fogg, Nancy Trabing Mickelson, and myself won the state Dairy judging and won a trip to Waterloo Iowa for the National Finals Dairy judging. We were the only all girl team there. We had a really good time. I will always remember Linda for dedication to 4-H, her homemaking skills, and her friendship. My condolences to the family, she will be missed Jenelle

  • Janelle Anderson

    I met Ken and Linda in 1980's. In the 2000's they let me bunk on the couch when taking UWYO classes. Linda had a road trip and I thought I could help Ken with milking. He milked faster with 1 hand than I could with 2! Miss you Linda and thank you for always sharing your knowledge. The world's a better place with your kindness. Prayers to family.

  • Elaine R McGraw

    Linda was a lovely friend! We were members of Daughter's of the Nile (Shriners wives) for several years! I've known her most of my life & she is surely missed! My condolences to her family..God bless..may she rest in peace 🙏 🥀❤️

  • Nell kenehan

    My thoughts and prayers with you she was a wonderful lady and taught me so much about being the best cowbelle in Albany County she will be missed.

  • Tawnie Kern

    My Condolences to Ken, Alan, Doug and all of the family. I knew Linda through my years in 4-H and showing my rabbits against her sons. She was always a nice lady to talk to and will be missed.

  • Curt & Tamra Cash

    Linda was a sweet lady with a smile on her face all the time. We met her and Ken and a goat show in Kansas and they have been one of our favorite goat families. She will truly be missed. Rest in peace our dear friend

  • Tina Antes

    Met Ken and Linda in September 1994 at the Colorado state fair. Our very first goat show. We both had Alpines. We would always watch to see if they where arriving at each goat show, so we could help them unload. Linda had a competitive spirit and even after checking every exhibitor in and it was late, she’d be clipping udders. You truly loved you goats and your goat family. Thinking of Linda’s family and so for your loss. She is missed.

  • Lee and Lorri Schroyer

    My heart is broken. Linda was such a good friend! Someone I haven known for over 30 years and bowled with for decades. I cherish Linda’s sewing skills to this day and enjoy wearing so many of her beautiful sweatshirts. Kenny and family, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Sherry Barnes

    This lady was so special to so many! I will love her forever. We logged alot of miles together and had the best times. Always ready and willing to offer that beautiful smile and kind words She loved her family and her goats with all she had and she was mighty proud of both.💜 Rest well my friend till I see you again....💜💜💜

  • Kathy Harnden-Davis

    I was very sorry for your loss and am really glad I stopped to visit with her when I was in Laramie the last time. She has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Sending prayers for Lucille and the rest of the family. Thank you Sally for all you did for her.


    May your family find peace in theirs heart at this time Of sorrow! Oh Linda what can I say other than you will always mean a lot to me!! I always loved your stories you shared of your boys and Ken! I always admired your love and how you took care of Ken. Loved your passion for your beautiful Champion Alpines! You always had a smile and good advice when I needed something, you always made sure to take care of me! We sure where kindred spirits for the love for animals! From Rabbits to dairy cattle! So happy to have had you in my life! Love you my dear friend! Gonna miss your happy ,perfect purple loving heart! The Goat shows will never be the same! Thanks for all you taught me on how to raise and show Dairy Goats over the last 25 years! Shannon Peterson

  • The George & Holly Golen family

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda's family during this difficult time. Linda's kindness and smile will be missed by us all.

  • Julie Johnson

    I only knew her well briefly but had always seen her around the dairy shows. She was a neat and special lady and will be missed by many. I only hope to have half her passion for dairy goats!

  • Betty Holmes

    I've known Linda for decades and always loved hearing about her champion dairy goats -- she could describe their personalities as if they were one of her grandchildren. I also bowled with Linda for years -- she could pick up the 5-6-10 split better than I ever could. I also loved viewing all her creations at the local craft shows. Rest in Peace dear friend. Rest in Peace. Betty Holmes

  • LaDonna Foley

    Condolences to all of Linda's family. I first met Linda in 2005 through our shared love of dairy goats. Linda was always so supportive of our goat industry and youth members - spending countless hours volunteering, teaching others, and organizing community activities. Her cheery greetings at check-in tables throughout the region always let us know we were in the right place! Linda was a delight to talk with and we spent many hours chatting about animals, history, community service, and family. She has left a legacy of love, support, and community service with so many lives she has touched. Rest in peace, Linda.


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