Marvin W. Johnson, 93

Marvin Waldemar Johnson, age 93, formerly of Dassel, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Rochester.

He was born June 17, 1923, at home in Maple Ridge Township, Isanti County, to Oscar and Erna (Anderson) Johnson. Marvin was raised on a dairy farm near Dalbo, and attended a two-room country school.

He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1941, and then attended Augsburg College for two years.

Marvin enlisted in the Navy in 1944, where he learned to fly the PBY. His love of flying continued for the rest of his life.

When World War II was over, Marvin attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Medical School.

After completing his medical degree, he took a position in Milaca, as a general practitioner.

Marvin married Mary Ann Hanson in July 1949. He and Mary Ann had grown up together in Dalbo.

In 1955, they moved to Dassel, where they raised their family, and Marvin was in general practice with Dr. Joe Houts.

The family moved to Rochester in 1971, when Marvin became a Fellow in radiology at the Mayo Clinic. He practiced radiology from 1975 to 1990, in Worthington, with Dr. Gene Birkemeyer and Dr. Jim Myerly.

In 1996, Marvin and Mary Ann moved back to Rochester, where they made their retirement home.

Marvin loved flying his float plane, fly fishing and hiking in the mountains of Montana, singing in his church choir, traveling with Mary Ann, working in his wood working shop, and watching his grandchildren grow up.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Ann; their three children: Barbara (Daniel) Worthington of Denver, CO, and their children Jason and Elizabeth (Michael) Lippert; Bruce (Janet) Johnson of Apple Valley, and their children Katherine and Evan; and Craig (Carol) Johnson of Saint Paul, and their children Sten and Lars.

Marvin is also survived by his sister, Edryce Johnson, of Bloomington; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Erna Johnson; brothers Loren and Vernel; and sister, Myrette Hornicke.

A funeral service took place Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, with visitation at the church at 10 a.m.

Marvin had a generous heart; memorials may be made to the charitable organization of your choice.

Arrangements were with Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes of Rochester; www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.

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