Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998 in Dassel, Minn. for John Archibald Johnson, who died Feb. 7, three days after celebrating his 85th birthday.
John was born Feb. 4, 1913 at Howard Lake, Minn., the son of Duncan A. and Edna Robison Johnson. The family moved to Dassel when John was a child.
He proudly served his country as a cook in the U S. Army during World War II from 1941 - 1945.
For many years John made his home in the Minneapolis area, at one time owning a small hobby farm in Plymouth. During his later years he lived in Fridley and at Park Terrace, a senior residence in Anoka.
Due to failing health, he later moved to Crystal Lake Good Samaritan Center, Robbinsdale, where he died. His humor and wit will be missed by his family and his many friends at the center and his former residence, Park Terrace.
John is survived by a sister, Alyce Stankey and husband Reub of Osakis, Minn.; special niece, Ramona Stranberg and husband, Bob, Fridley; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He is further survived by a step-son, Clifford McCoy and wife Phyllis; step-daughter-in-law, Eileen McCoy; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by siblings, Albert Johnson (in infancy), Nellie Hendrickson, Susan Goodsall, Mary Hendrickson, and Jim Johnson; a half-sister, Elda Jones; and a step-son, Clinton McCoy.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. from the Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Gerhardt, minister of the Church of Christ, Dassel, officiating. Music was by Joan Benson, soloist, with Florine Osness, organist.
Casketbearers were Dale Barth, Bob Stanberg, Randy Potter, Terry Duffy, Jerry Krekelberg, and Roger Stankey. Interment was in the Dassel Cemetery.