Lester M. Johnson(1926 - 2013)

Lester M. Johnson

Lester M. Johnson, 86, of Wakonda, SD passed away Saturday, February 2 at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital.

Lester was born July 13, 1926 in Hooker, SD to Thomas and Ella Andahl. He graduated from the Centerville High School and attended South Dakota State University and also served in the Army during WWII. He married Beverly Oursland on June 4, 1950 in Volin, SD and the couple farmed and raised livestock for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Arnold and an infant brother.

He is survived by his wife Beverly of Wakonda, three sons; Dennis (Donna) Johnson of Coon Rapids, MN, Douglas (Lorie) Johnson of Aberdeen, SD and Duane (Michelle) Johnson of Vermillion, and a daughter Diane (Mick) Ramey of Cottage Grove, MN. Two sisters; Ruth Ostrem of Medina, MN and Louise (Dorwin) Larsen of Flat Rock, NC, two brothers; Eldon (Nory) Johnson of Vermillion and Kenny (Lois) Johnson of Litchfield, MN, and a sister-in-law Sylvia Johnson of Vermillion. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 6 at the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Wakonda, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 5, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. hansenfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 4, 2013