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Oliver S. Johnson, 93

Oliver Sidney Johnson, age 93, of Cokato, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

He was born Sept. 16, 1920, at French Lake Township, to Oliver Nathaniel Johnson and Anna (Soder) Johnson.  Oliver attended Birch Lake country school.  He also attended St. Cloud State University for two years.

Besides farming, Oliver had a variety of jobs.  He also served on the French Lake Township board, the soil and water conservation board, and was very active in his church.

Oliver married Melba Kittelson Nov. 24, 1967.  They made their home on the Johnson family farm. Oliver lived all but one year of his life on this same farm.

Oliver was very passionate about soil conservation and leaving the land better than it was when he started.  He was also interested in Type 1 diabetes research and was hoping for a cure in the immediate future. 

His pride and joy was his beautiful flowers and bountiful gardens.  He loved nature and all of God’s creation.

Oliver is survived by his wife of almost 46 years, Melba Johnson; and several nephews and nieces. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Mae, Hannah, and Evelyn.

Oliver will be remembered for his discipline, sense of humor, and his work ethic. His family and friends will truly miss his positive attitude and his appreciative nature.

A celebration of Oliver’s life took place Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.

There was a time of gathering Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and it continued Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.