Mr. Keith P. "Skip" Johnson died Friday,
April 1, 2011.
He was born in Butte March 30, 1927, to Howard A. and Alice (Schwefel) Johnson and attended local schools. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended Montana State University where he earned his Doctorate of Law in 1951. That same year he was admitted to the state bar, the American Bar Association and the ACTEC. In 1961 Keith was admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court. Keith was senior partner with the firm Johnson, Skakles and Kebe until 1995. He served of council with the Corette, Pohlman and Kebe firm from 1996 until 2003.
Keith was involved in many civic functions and organizations. He belonged to the Silver Bow, Montana and American Bar Associations, he helped found the Montana Tech Foundation in 1967 and served as their pro bono attorney for 40 years, was a 50- year member of the Butte Rotary Club, a 50 year member of Summit Valley Lodge No. 123 A.F. & A.M., served on the Salvation Army Board for over 40 years and was appointed by the governor to serve on the airport board from 1971 until 2010. He served as president of the YMCA, serve on the Butte Symphony Board, belonged to the Butte Jaycees, The Butte Executive Club, was a charter member of the Marcus Daly Society and was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award in 1999 and as Man of the Year at Montana Tech in 2001. Keith served as Consul of Finland for many years and received First Class Knight of the White Rose from Finland's Consul General in 1991. Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Judy Jacobsen declared March 7 as Keith P. Johnson Day.
Always a dignified professional and gentleman, Keith also knew how to relax. When not in a suit and tie, he enjoyed bow hunting, scuba diving, air shows, biking, cross country skiing, and collected art and books and was an instrument rated pilot with over 2,500 hours in the left seat. He enjoyed flying his Twin Beech to numerous U. S. and tropical destinations and when wearing a Hawaiian shirt, could hula with the best of them.
Keith married Laurel Peterson in 1951, and they had two daughters, Christine L. and Carol L. Johnson. He married Carol S. Hasper in 1981 and gained a third daughter, Jill S. Baxley.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, daughters, Christine L. Johnson, Carol L. Johnson, step-daughter, Jill Baxley, her husband, Travis and their daughters Brooke and Brianna, and his granddaughter, Katie Kribble and her husband Chris. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Joan G. Johnson, nieces and nephews, Alice Collingwood, Howard and Nancy Johnson, Trish and Carl Adler, Paul and Patti Johnson and their daughters, Ilaria and Bethany.
He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Don W. and Miriam (Mood) Johnson.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Lanny Rounds officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Montana Tech Foundation, Rocky Mountain Hospice or to a charity of the donor's choice.