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Former Assembly Speaker Gary Johnson dies at 68

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Courtesy: Ryan and Joyce-Ryan Funeral Homes Courtesy: Ryan and Joyce-Ryan Funeral Homes

UPDATE: (8/14/08, 3:30 p.m.)

A Memorial Service will be held for Former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Gary Johnson on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, 11 a.m., at:

Ryan Funeral Home

2418 N. Sherman Ave.

Madison, WI.

A visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at the funeral home, from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:

Beloit College

700 College St.

Beloit, WI  53511

or

The Beloit Memorial High School Alumni Scholarship Fund of the Greater Beloit Community Foundation

1633 Keeler Ave.

Beloit, WI  53511

or

The Madison Senior Center

330 West Mifflin St.

Madison, WI  53703

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BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Gary Johnson has died at his home in Madison at the age of 68. 

The Democrat represented the Beloit area in the Wisconsin Assembly from 1970 to 1984, holding powerful positions as Assembly Speaker and chairman of the Joint Finance Committee.

State Sen. Judy Robson of Beloit says Johnson was respected by all his colleagues and continued to advise some on their campaigns after he left the Legislature and became a reading consultant.

Johnson taught social studies at Beloit Memorial High School before entering politics. Longtime school district employee Fran Fruzen says he helped improve the teachers' union there and later helped pass legislation beneficial to teachers, such as a new retirement law. 

Johnson is survived by his wife, Heather Johnson, and three sons.

 

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