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Marlin M. Johnson, 85

Marlin M. Johnson, age 85, of New Ulm, formerly of Delano, passed away peacefully Monday, May 4, 2009, at his home.

The funeral service is Monday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at the Watertown Evangelical Free Church in Watertown with the Revs. Paul Kling and Robert Fuller officiating.

Visitation was Sunday, May 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m., and continues Monday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Minnetrista Baptist Cemetery in St. Bonifacius.

Merlin’s grandchildren are his casket bearers; his step-grandchildren are honorary casket bearers.

Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; online condolences at www.johnsonfh.com

Marlin was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Delano, the son of Charles J. and Esther S. (Oestreich) Johnson. He was baptized Oct. 14, 1923, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano, was confirmed at the same church in 1937, and reaffirmed his faith Sept. 4, 1983, at the Watertown Evangelical Free Church.

Marlin was born and raised on his family farm in Delano. He purchased the farm from his father in the fall of 1950, and lived there until 1983.

Marlin was united in marriage to Elaine H. Bruhn Aug. 25, 1949, at the Minnetrista Baptist Church in St. Bonifacius. God blessed them with 31 years of wedded bliss and two sons.

After Elaine’s death, Marlin was united in marriage to Sharon (Smith) Batdorf June 10, 1995. He was blessed again with 14 years of marriage and five stepchildren.

Marlin’s enjoyments were traveling, fishing, bowling, playing cards, reading the Bible, and joking with his grandchildren. He loved to spend time with his family, and spent many hours helping at his sons’ farms.

A member of the Watertown Evangelical Free Church since 1941; Marlin found spending time with the Senior Fellowship Group to be a great joy.

A caring and loving husband, father, and grandfather, Marlin will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his first wife, Elaine, Marlin was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles “Pingling” and Esther Johnson; sister Gladys Bruhn; brothers-in-law Lyle Bruhn, and George Roach; step-grandson Calin Van Norman; father-in-law and mother-in-law Harry and Esther Bruhn; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Warren Gregg, Wesley Bruhn, Roy Bruhn, Gladys Johnson, and Betty Ann and Donald Danielowski.

Marlin is survived by his loving family: wife Sharon; sons and daughters-in-law Steven and Renee Johnson of Delano, and Donald and Veronica Johnson of Gibbon; grandchildren Katie Jo, Scott and Matthew Johnson, and Charles, Travis and Ashley Johnson; and sisters Arles Johnson of Watertown, and Shirley Roach and special friend Ken Stephens of Marysville, WA.

He is further survived by his stepchildren, Troy Van Norman of Glendale, AZ, Tammy Vietor and special friend Brian of Sioux Falls, SD, Jodi and Bill Hintgen of Waconia, Colette Murphy of Deadwood, SD, and Connie Amundson and special friend Andy of Minneapolis; step-grandchildren Casey and Kim Messeberg, Tyler Thompson and fiancée Becca, Darrin and Stephanie Thompson, Ashley Van Norman, and Zachary and Madison Hintgen; and step-great-grandchildren Adam, Kale, Evelyn Ann, and Makela.

In addition, Merlin is survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Vernon Johnson of East Grand Forks, Phyllis Bruhn of St. Bonifacius, DeDe Bruhn of Montrose, Evelyn Gregg of Excelsior, Arlene and Jack Dahl of Mound, Mina and Wayne Mohns of Round Lake, Carl and Marlene Smith of Illinois, Mercedes and Don Micklos of Lakefield, Gloria Anderson of Windom, and Sandra and Gary Vos of Onalaska, WI; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.