David Kent Johansen was born February 10, 1937 at Friend, Nebraska, the oldest of two children, to Frederick and Geraldine (Casper) Johansen and passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at his home near York at the age of 83 years old.
In 1955, David graduated from the Friend High School. He married Bonita “Bonnie” R. Swartwood, on July 9, 1960 at the Elm Creek Methodist Church and to this union, two children, Kent and Renee, were born.
After high school, David attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Wesleyan Universities for about two years. After college, David moved to Kearney and worked for Rockwell Mfg. Co. as a machinist. He had met Bonnie at the local bowling alley and later married her. Together they made their home in Kearney before moving to Santa Clara, Calif., and to South Ogden, Utah, before returning to Nebraska in 1973. Later in 1973, they moved to Hershey, Nebr., where David was employed with Union Pacific Railroad until 1998.
In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, especially for pheasants and deer. He also was a past Jaycee member in South Ogden, Utah, and was a member of the NRA and the shooting club in North Platte. David volunteered with Ascercare Hospice in York. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and going to their events along with reading books, magazines, especially the National Geographic and the local newspapers.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kent and LeighAnna Johansen, Gretna; daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Ron Quast, York; David’s companion, Connie Pieper; six grandchildren and spouses, Jason and Nicole Quast of Columbus, Andy and his significant other, Dee, of Carthage, Mo., James and Andrea Johansen of Omaha, Jacob and Jennifer Johansen of Gretna, Rebecca Quast and fiancé, Devon, of York, Megan Quast of York; five great-grandchildren, Aubree, Ashtyn, Hunter, Logan and Samatha; sister-in-law, Joanne Johansen of Mesquite, Nev.; many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
David was preceded in death by his wife, Bonita “Bonnie;” his parents; a brother, Richard; and a great-grandson, Dylan.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Friend. Burial was in the Johnson Creek Cemetery, rural Friend. Pallbearers were his grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to Aseracare Hospice of York.
Lauber Funeral Home, Friend, was entrusted with the care and arrangements.