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Harold A. Johnson(1917 - 2013)

Harold A. Johnson, 95

Long Prairie

October 15, 1917-July 14, 2013

Funeral Service will be 11 am, Friday, July 19, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Long Prairie for Harold A. Johnson, 95, of Long Prairie who died Sunday at his home in Long Prairie. The Rev. Paul Twist will officiate and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Long Prairie with Minister Mindy Czycalla officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 pm, Thursday at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home - Stein Chapel and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Harold Alfred Johnson was born October 15, 1917 near Clotho, Minnesota, the son of Alfred and Harriet (Stoeckel) Johnson. He worked on the Cascade Dam in Idaho. Harold served his country during WWII in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He received the American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal. PFC Johnson served in a Field Artillery unit, participating in four major campaigns. He worked as a lineman, laying wires and maintaining them and also served as a switchboard operator. Harold married Florence W. Scott on September 24, 1951 in Alexandria, Minnesota. They couple farmed near Clotho area until 1973 when they moved into Long Prairie. He did road construction and built houses with Charlie McQuire, and worked at Larson Boats in Little Falls, and later was the custodian at Long Prairie High School.

Harold was a kind, gentle, giving person. Family was his world and he did anything and everything for them. He loved playing cards with neighbors and friends.

He is survived by his children, Philip, Gary (Linda) all of Paynesville, Bob of St. Paul, Debby (Lynn) Pesta of Long Prairie, grandchildren, Philip (Mikkel) Johnson, Rebecca (Cary) Peterson, Mindy (Brian) Czycalla, Shawn (Charity) Pesta, Jeff (Sarah) Pesta, Chris Pesta, and Ali Thogfan and seven great-grandchildren, Colby, Ryan and Lucas Peterson, Hunter and Chase Czycalla, and Bradley and Jenna Pesta, two sisters, Shirley Botzet of Alexandria, and Cora Vollmer of Cottage Grove, and Skeeter, his dog.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Florence in 2004, sisters, Arvilla Bouchie, Jesse Sprague, and Margaret Sprague, and brother, Albert Johnson.

Obituary and guestbook available online at williamsdingmann.com

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Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes
333 1st Avenue North Long Prairie, MN 56347
(320) 732-2629

Published in the St. Cloud Times on July 16, 2013
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