Lowell F. Johnson, 80

Lowell Francis Johnson, age 80, of Lester Prairie, passed away Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, after a lengthy illness.

There will be a memorial service Friday Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home (141 E. First St.) in Waconia, with Dr. Tom C. Rakow as officiant.

There was a gathering of family and friends Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, continuing Friday one hour prior to the service.

Military honors will be provided by the Lester Prairie American Legion.

Honorary urn bearers will be Boyd and Joanne Johnson, Diana Lepel, Loretta Lundquist, Lyle Dibb, and Sharon Berry.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

Lowell was born Nov. 7, 1936, in Brunswick, the son of Leslie and Maxine (Snyder) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm near Ogilvie.

Lowell entered the United States Air Force in 1955, where he served as a medic stationed in Japan. Upon his honorable discharge in November of 1958, he returned to Minnesota.

Lowell was united in marriage with Florence Mannausau June 6, 1959, in International Falls.

Lowell attended radiology training at College of Radiological Technicians in Minneapolis. Over his long career, he served as master sergeant for the United States Air Force Reserves and following that, worked in several hospitals in Minnesota, retiring in 2004, from Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

A stranger was just a friend Lowell had not met. He enjoyed being with people and always had a joke to share.

His hobbies included belonging to the Lester Prairie Archery Club, biking, hunting, and photography.

Lowell was proud to be a member of the Lester Prairie American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Maxine (Snyder) Johnson; father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Dorothy Mannausau; and infant son, Bruce Johnson.

Lowell is survived by his loving family: wife Florence Johnson of Lester Prairie; son Todd Johnson of International Falls; daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Rob Jesse of Pine River; sister Suzanne Hopkins of North Mankato; brothers and sisters-in-law Larry and Wanda Johnson of Ogilvie, and Boyd and Joanne Johnson of Mora; sister-in-law Phyllis Johnson of Braham; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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