Roger Wilbert Johannsen (1933 - 2013)

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Mass of Christian Burial for Roger W. Johannsen, 80, was held on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Audubon, with Father Emmanuel Agwuoke serving as the celebrant. Linda Blomme and Blane Kerkhoff were the musicians. Honorary casket bearers were Sam Kauffman and Roger Nelson. Active casket bearers were Randy Bruch, Howard Weitl, Travis Porsch, Darrell Wittrock, Calvin Johannsen, and Roger Malmberg. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Audubon. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, was in charge of the arrangements.
Roger Wilbert Johannsen, the son of Wilbert J. and Irene N. (Krohnke) Johannsen, was born on Jan. 13, 1933, on the family farm three miles east of Schleswig. He was baptized and confirmed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig. Roger attended Schleswig Public Schools.
On April 22, 1951, Roger married LaJune Fay Friedrichsen in Schleswig. The couple farmed the Johannsen family farm until 1975, when they moved into Denison. Roger continued to help his son, Russ, with the farm until 1985. He also worked as a commodity broker and real estate agent until 2000, when he retired. Roger and LaJune then moved to Council Bluffs, where they lived for a number of years before their most recent move, to Audubon where they have spent the last 17 years.
Roger embraced the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Audubon. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Roger enjoyed collecting and shooting firearms, most of which were handguns. He liked to follow the agriculture markets and grain prices. Roger also enjoyed bowling.
Roger W. Johannsen died on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, having reached the age of 80 years, 9 months, and 8 days.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; one infant daughter, Susan Johannsen; and two sons, Len Johannsen (in infancy), and Keith Johannsen. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, LaJune Johannsen of Audubon; three sons, Russ (Lori) Johannsen of Schleswig, Jay Johannsen of Audubon, and Dr. Lee (Gianna) Johannsen of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Sherry (Joel) Porsch of Kimballton; one brother, Dr. Ken (Audrey) Johannsen of Storm Lake; one sister, Shirley Kellogg of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2013