Alexander Lyle Johnson, 19
Alexander Lyle Johnson, age 19, of Antigo, passed away Wednesday August 7, 2019 at Wausau Aspirus Hospital.
On Thursday August 1, Alex decided to take his own life by hanging. His father found him shortly after and started CPR, giving EMT’s the ability to restore a pulse. Over the next few days it became apparent that he had severe brain damage and showed no signs consciousness.
Alex did not leave a note, consume alcohol or use drugs (legal or illegal.) And after interviews about his personal history, searches of his room, computer, accounts, and electronic devices and no changes to his behavior leading up to this event, the Police and his parents are at a loss to explain the sudden and overwhelming pain to his spirit that caused this tragic event.
Alex was born on July 14, 2000, in Antigo, the son of Curt and Maggie (Rosauer) Johnson. Alex was a 2018 graduate of Antigo high school and was currently a student at the University Wisconsin of Stevens Point attending the northern campus at Marathon County.
Alex was always very thoughtful, loving, gentle and kind with a great sense of humor and a generous spirit.
Years ago, Alex expressed his desire to be an organ and tissue donor just like his parents. On August 7, after an “Honor Walk Ceremony,” a prayer was said and Alex’s ventilator was removed and he passed away quickly and peacefully and his wishes of organ and tissue donation were fulfilled.
He will be profoundly missed by his parents; grandparents Jackie and Duane Rosauer; Louise Johnson (the late Lyle Johnson); and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Bradley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a service of remembrance at 1:05 p.m.
“The measure of one’s life is not in what they accumulate but in what they give away.”
Everyone please remember, that Alex’s final decision on this earth was to give all that he had to help dozens upon dozens of people through the gift of Organ and Tissue Donation.
That is the boy Alex’s parents always knew him to be, and the man they are very proud he became.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials in Alex’s name may be directed to the: Organ Donation Education Fund at uwhealth.org/GiveHope