Herbert Milton Johnson, age 88, of Dassel, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home.
He was born Aug. 4, 1926, in rural Dassel, the son of Otto and Clara (Olson) Johnson.
Herbert grew up on the family farm north of Darwin, where he attended Darwin elementary School and Litchfield Senior High School.
In 1945, Herbert was called to serve his country during World War II. He was stationed in Okinawa as a military policeman, and served in the very first CID (Criminal Investigation Division). Herbert always made comments about how wonderful the weather was in Okinawa, and how beautiful the orchids were. After serving two years, he returned home to help run the family farm along with his dad and brother, Gilbert.
A longtime member of Swan lake Lutheran Church, Herbie served as a member of the cemetery board.
Herbert was united in marriage to Jeraldine Housman June 9, 1956, at St. Philips Rectory in Litchfield. They shared 57 wonderful years of marriage.
The couple made their home in rural Darwin, where they raised their five children, ran a dairy farm, and raised chickens.
Herbie enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to go duck hunting and deer hunting. After he retired, his children surprised him with a four-wheeler, and he enjoyed many hours riding along the trails throughout his property.
Herbie and Jeraldine also belonged to a card club, an activity they loved sharing together. They played many hours of pinochle.
Herbie enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved getting all his family together for bonfires to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Herbie especially enjoyed his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. He was a very proud grandpa.
He is survived by his children, Jeff (Mary Jo) Johnson of Dassel, Joan Klehr of Wausau, WI, Janice (Jim) Maher of Darwin, Julie Johnson-Reeck of St. Paul, and Jane (Troy) Bahr of Hutchinson; 18 grandchildren, Jeremy Johnson, Michelle (Jeff) Burton, Malorie (Joshua) Kutil, Kathryn (David) Ster, Philip Klehr, David Klehr, Julie Klehr, Gretchen (Eric) Sietsema, Dustin Morehouse, Heather (Travis) Daly, Chris (Nyona) Morehouse, Ian Maher, Regan Reeck, Sebastian Reeck, Jonathan Reek, Miles Reeck, Benjamin Bahr, and Mason Bahr; and six great-grandchildren: Sophia, Elizabeth, Annika, Bridgette, Madison, and Hunter.
Herbert is also survived by his twin sister, Hildur Carlson of Dassel; brother-in-law, Bud (Joyce) Housman of Litchfield; and sisters-in-law Phyllis Pollock of St. Michael, and Kathleen Housman of Fridley.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeraldine; parents, Otto and Clara Johnson; brothers Ralph Johnson, and Gilbert Johnson; sisters Myrtle Johnson, Mabel Johnson, Lil Johnson, and Margaret Floren; and sons-in-law Robert Klehr and Richard Reeck.
The funeral service took place Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. Interment followed at the Swan Lake Cemetery, rural Dassel.
There was visitation Friday evening, March 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral home in Dassel, and visitation continued Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
Military honors were performed by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.