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Miles ‘Mike’ Johnson, 83

Miles “Mike” Johnson, age 83, of Rockford, died peacefully Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.

He was born to Jack and Marie Johnson at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1929, and grew up in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Mike attended West High, where he played center on the football team, and was chosen to play on the Minneapolis all-city football team.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1952, he served in Korea as a pilot in the US Air Force until 1956.

Following his discharge, he worked with his dad at Jim Angeles Studebaker Sales of Minneapolis, and taught social studies and history at Echo for one year.

In 1959, Mike began a 30-year teaching career at Rockford High School, where he coached several sports and led the football team to numerous victories and several unbeaten seasons. In 2012, he was among the first group to be inducted to the Rockford High School Hall of Fame.

Mike was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Emma.

He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 55 years; sons Dane, of Minneapolis, and Tim, of Rockford; daughter Melissa and husband Wayne Kalal of Eden Prairie; step-grandchildren Mason, Megan and Madison; as well as many other close family members and friends.

Funeral services took place Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford, where Mike was a charter member. The family received callers one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at Beckville Lutheran Church Cemetery, near Litchfield, at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.