Dr. E. Neil Johnson

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Dr. Edward Neil Johnson, 77, Dakota Dunes, SD died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Stony Brooke Assisted Living Facility.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30am Monday, April 29, 2013 in the Morningside Lutheran Church. Pastor Tom LoVan will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hills Cemetery in Alcester, SD. Visitation will be at the Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Sunday with the family present from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Neil was born in Great Falls, MT on September 11, 1935. He was the son of Carl Edward and Lila Marie (Gubberd) Johnson. He was raised in Alcester and graduated from Alcester High School. He attended Luther Jr. College and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Neil served in the United States Air Force as a captain from 1959 until 1961. On September 22, 1963 he married Eldora Marie Shuck in Alcester, SD. Neil worked as an oral surgeon for the Veterans Administration for eight years. He the owned and operated the Gaffney & Johnson Oral Surgery in Sioux Falls for thirteen years. After he retired the couple moved to the Phoenix, Az area before coming to Dakota Dunes about eight years ago. Eldora died on January 6, 2007. Neil was a former member of the Nathaniel Lutheran church in Alcester and was a member of the Morningside Lutheran Church in Sioux City, IA. He had served as the secretary for the S. E. District Dental Society in Sioux Falls. He was very active with the Sioux Falls Habitat for Humanity and was given the volunteer of the decade award in 2000.

He is survived by his three children, Lisa and Jerry Prochilo of Long Island, NY, Todd and Heather Johnson of Dakota Dunes, SD, Stacia and Matt Bowman of Columbus, OH, five grandchildren, Elizabeth Stewart, Victoria Stewart, Alyssa Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Erica Johnson, a brother and his wife, Robert D and Mildred Johnson of Peoria, AZ, a sister, Beverly Jean Olson of Marquette, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister, Joyce Eileen Pearson.

Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 28, 2013
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