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Arlene June (Austin) Johnson

    Arlene June (Austin) Johnson, of Peoria, AZ (formerly of York, NE), was born on January 27, 1931, to John and Mary (Guy) Austin at Fairbury, NE. June was raised in Fairbury and graduated from Fairbury High School in 1949. She died Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Sun City West, AZ at the age of 92.

    June was united in marriage to Gayle Johnson on March 30, 1952, divorcing in 1990.

    Before starting their family, June was a switchboard operator while Gayle was in the Navy during the Korean War. In 1966, they purchased a bowling alley/cafe in Albia, IA. Moving back to Nebraska in 1970, Gayle and June purchased the liquor store, B-Gay Liquor, which they ran until 1990. To this union, five children were born.

    June’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. For many years, June enjoyed her work at Wal-Mart in both York and AZ. She was an avid reader, bowler, card-player, traveler, and crossword/puzzle connoisseur.

    Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Dennis (Roxane) Johnson of York, NE; Rick (Gina) Johnson of Fairmont, NE; Terry (Fran) Johnson of Lincoln, NE; and daughter, Shari Reynolds of Peoria, AZ; grandchildren, Brittany (Brian) Friedrichsen of Palmer, NE; Heather (Kolbie) Klemsz of Stromsburg, NE; Michael (Lindsay) Johnson of York, NE; Zach (Mckenzie) Johnson of Omaha, NE; Trevor Johnson of Storm Lake, IA; Amber (Connor Springman) Johnson of Omaha, NE; Gina (Alex Freeborn) Grady of Omaha, NE; great-grandchildren, Parker, Jackson, and Brynlea Friedrichsen of Palmer, NE; Bennett Johnson of York, NE; and nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws; brother, Lyle Austin; Gayle; infant son, Kenney; granddaughter, Ashley; and her beloved sisters and brothers-in-law.

    June’s family will have private graveside services to be held at a later date. She has been cremated so there will be no viewing or visitation. Memorial’s may be directed to her family for later designation.

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