US Veteran Harry C. Johnson, age 95, of Watertown, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Lighthouse of Waconia.
He was born April 28, 1921, in Djursdala, Sweden, the son of Rudolph and Gerda (Sjolin) Johnson.
Harry was united in marriage to Louella Sutherland Oct. 16, 1943, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Buffalo.
Harry served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945, and was a mortar gunner in General Patton’s army, 79th Division, Company A, Second Platoon, 315th Infantry. Among his honors were the Purple Heart (wounded Nov. 15, 1944), two Bronze Battle Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge, and European African Eastern Ribbon.
Harry was always willing to extend a helping hand to his family, a neighbor in need, or in a situation related to work. His gifts were acts of service. It was his kindness (which came from a genuine relationship with Jesus) that led him into these acts of service.
Harry was a proud soldier and World War II D-Day survivor, who loved and fought for his country, but never forgot his homeland of Sweden, where he was born and was able to visit many times.
Hunting and fishing were a joy to share with his family, and eating the fruits of his labors were the best rewards.
Harry’s commitment to his faith first, meant God was the top priority in his life. He was a man who loved his family and his Lord, a man who was a prayer warrior, and who loved to sing about his faith.
Harry enjoyed going to his grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ events and sports. He cherished and adored each of his girls, the sons that came to him through marriage, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He delighted in spending time with extended family, as well, and embraced all those who became like family to him. Harry will be remembered for the genuine love in his heart for people.
Harry, a “friend to all,” had an irrepressible hospitable nature. He was relational to the core, and making new friends always came easily to him especially if it involved a good cup of coffee! He engaged in conversation wherever he went.
Harry will be remembered for his quick wit and sharp mind to the very end. He was the “checker champion” while a resident at The Lighthouse.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Louella; father and mother, Rudolph and Gerda Johnson; father-in-law and mother-in-law Arthur and Hannah Sutherland; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Ruthie Johnson, Audrey and Wally Strandquist, Novia and Willard Strandquist, Douglas Erickson.
He is survived by his loving daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Gordon Lund of Dassel, Renee and Elwin Bauer of Mayer, and Nancy and David Schrupp of Watertown; grandchildren Britta and Craig Aycock, Peter and Susan Lund, Karna and Dr. Jimmy Ching, Sonja Bocken, Joel and Katie Lund, Jamie and Jim Steinle, Jason and Amy Bauer, Cole Schrupp, Matthew Schrupp, and Erin and Esteban Abbey; and great-grandchildren Victoria, Lara and Gannon Aycock, Anders, Christian, Ana Grace and Lars Ching, Hannah, Kayle and Chase Bocken, Gavyn, Brynn and Natalia Lund, Allison Steinle and fiancé Nick Polejewski, Jacob Steinle, Bryce Kallenbach, and Jenna and Meah Bauer.
Harry is further survived by a brother, Hjelton Johnson of New Hope; sister-in-law, Joyce Erickson of New Hope; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
The funeral Service took place Wednesday June 22 at 3 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Watertown with the Revs. Paul Kling and Dan Osborn officiating. There was visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment was in Watertown Public Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Harry’s grandchildren.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.