Memorial Services for Donald O. Johnson, age 96, of Albert Lea will be at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, MN at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 with Reverend Clark Cary officiating. Burial will be at the Hartland Cemetery at a later date.
Donald died Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, Minnesota.
Donald Oscar Johnson was born February 19, 1920, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Oscar and Mabel (Swenning) Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed at North Freeborn Lutheran Church and attended school in District 5, rural Clarks Grove, Minnesota. A World War II veteran, Donald served in the U.S. Army from November, 1941 until October, 1945. During that time, he participated with the 30th Division in five major battles in Europe. In 1995 Donald wrote an account of his wartime experience.
Donald married Louise Kopperud on March 2, 1942. Together they raised two children, Steven and Mary. After 20 years of farming near Hartland, Donald worked road construction and snow removal. In later years, he worked as a custodian at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. He was active in his church, a member of the American Legion for 71 years, a volunteer with the American Red Cross Blood Drives, a devoted husband and father, and a tireless caregiver for his wife. For the past six years Donald lived in Bancroft Creek Estates and Hidden Creek Assisted Living. His final weeks were spent near his wife and children at Three Links Care Center in Northfield.
Donald is survived by his wife of 74 years, Louise; son, Steven (Sherri) Johnson and daughter, Mary (Erik) Holleque; grandchildren Seth (Melissa) Johnson, Shala (Ryan) Paske, Kristine (David) Lower, Matthew (Sarah) Holleque, and Richard (Jessica) Holleque; great grandchildren Stella, Braden and Graham Paske, and Katie Binde; a nephew and several nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Mabel Johnson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlotte and Alton Rice, Helen and Marshall Bendixen; sister-in-law Elaine and Walter Johnson; brother in-law Gary Kopperud.