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Keith Johnson

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Keith Johnson Obituary
On January 2, 2016, after living his life to its fullest and savoring many relationships that he built along the way, Keith Johnson finished his race surrounded by his family.

Keith was born on November 13, 1956 in New York, New York to the late Roy "Far Far" Johnson and Mildred (Peterson) Johnson. He grew up and attended school in New Hyde Park, NY. He was a dish washer and bus boy at the age of 15. In 1977 he moved to Colorado and started his career at Café Gondolier Restaurant (Boulder) while he was a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder and then started working at Cables End in Greeley.

Keith Johnson met Deborah Bruntz at Cables End when she was in having dinner at table number six. They were married on March 24, 1979 and had four children. Up to his last few days, they continued to have on-going date nights.

Keith bought the restaurant in 1979 and has been building a Pizza, Pasta, Wine and Spirits paradise ever since. It was a place…"Where Friends Meet!"

Cables was originally next to a power station on 10th Street and 26th Avenue right next to the overhead cables lines. The Greeley Restaurant was named Cables End. The electric theme caught hold for many years. Cable spools became tables and anything electrical took hold as decoration.

The Cables philosophy has been thriving for nearly 40 years. The Greeley and Fort Morgan restaurants built a solid reputation and he recently added a new location in Estes Park to better meet food fan's needs. The legacy of restaurants will remain with the family. They will continue to be managed and operated by his daughter Nikki Ellis and her husband Shawn Ellis. Nikki graduated from CSU with a degree in Restaurant and Resort Management and has been working in the restaurant for 19 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Johnson; and sister, Ruth Ann Johnson.

He leaves cherished memories for his wife, Debbie Johnson; children, Nikki Ellis (Shawn) of Estes Park, Kristen Johnson of Denver, Breckin Johnson of Huntington Beach, CA, and Kolton Johnson of Greeley; mother, Mildred Johnson of Danbury, CT; brother Ken Johnson of Steamboat Springs; sister Lori Flandreau (Ted) of Danbury, CT; countless nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many special friends.

Keith will be remembered for his great sense of humor, easy going personality, his devotion to family, business ethics, friends, love for golf, and of course Cables. Also, being the life of the party and making everyone feel welcomed in his presence but most of all leaving the world a better place.

Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Christ Community Church, 1301 15th Street, Greeley, CO 80631. Inurnment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Jan. 6, 2016
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