Walter Alexander Johnson

Walter Alexander Johnson, age 92 of Dassel, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital.

Walter was born in Verndale, Minn., Dec. 27, 1908, the son of Nels and Irene (Osterlund) Johnson. He graduated from Bertha High School in 1927, and later attended Hamline University, St. Paul.

On May 26, 1934, Walter was united in marriage to Helen Anderson at New York Mills, Minn. They resided in New York Mills until 1945, when they moved to Dassel, where Walter had since resided.

Walter was a former editor and publisher of the Dassel Dispatch newspaper.

He began his newspaper career in 1923, when he started working at the Bertha Herald. Later, while attending Hamline University, he was employed in St. Paul at a commercial printing plant.

He then worked in Sauk Centre, Sebeka, New York Mills, and in 1945, purchased the Dassel Dispatch newspaper. He served as owner, publisher, and editor of this paper until he sold the paper to his daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Dan, in 1973.

Walter continued to work part-time until 1995, a total of 72 years in the printing and newspaper business.

Survivors include his wife Helen; daughter and son-in law, Carolyn and Daniel Holje; grandsons, Craig and wife, Sara, and Derek; and a brother, Carl.

Walter was preceded in death by brothers, Ernest, Helmer, George, and Oscar; and sisters, Edith Langenbacher, Jennie Bergman, Betsy Rieck, and Esther Wheeler.

The funeral service was Wednesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m., at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Dassel, with the Rev. Paula Geister-Jones officiating. Music was by Craig Holje, soloist; and Sheryl Upton, Sheryl Faust, Jon Benson, and Mike Sylvester, quartet. Barb Froemming was the organist. Interment was in Dassel Cemetery, Dassel.

Roger Asplin, Russell Asplin, Dean Gayner, Roger Gilmer, Gerald Peikert, and Jim Thalberg served as casket bearers.

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