Leighton Johnson, 83

Leighton Robert Johnson, age 83, of Waverly and Minneapolis, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

He was born March 3, 1932, in Minneapolis, to Leighton and Phyllis (McKenty) Johnson.

Leighton served in the US Army during the Korean War.

He enjoyed being principal in Archdiocesen schools, having served at Winsted Holy Trinity, St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo, and St. Pius X Catholic School in Glencoe; and received an award for excellence in education from Ronald Reagan.

Leighton loved his family, hunting, the Twins, reading, and church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Genevieve (Dougherty); children Leighton (Elaine, deceased), Peter (Sandy), Cathy (Jim) Nelson, Dan, Sarah (Chris) Aronovici; sister Phyllis of Faribault; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Leighton was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Brian; and a brother, Don.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at St. Olaf’s Catholic Church in Minneapolis, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to Mass.

There was also a memorial gathering at the Church St. Mary’s in Waverly Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 3 p.m., with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 3 p.m.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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