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Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home
Wednesday January 12th, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Central Freeborn Lutheran Church
Thursday January 13th, 2022

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Paul Anton Johnson

Paul A. Johnson, 80, of Clarks Grove, MN passed away on January 8, 2022, at his home.

Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 11am at Central Freeborn Church. Pastor Matt Griggs will officiate. Burial will be at Central Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 5 to 7 pm at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Paul Anton Johnson was born on January 24, 1941, to Julian and Edna (Warrick) Johnson in Albert Lea, MN. Paul grew up and attended school in Glenville, MN. Paul married Kathleen (Nelson) Johnson on April 28, 1962 and together they raised three children.
Paul worked many years and retired from Progress Castings in Albert Lea. Paul enjoyed hunting, trapping, painting, snowmobile racing, cutting wood, and having coffee with family and friends. Paul absolutely loved seeing and being around his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family was so very important to him.

Paul is survived by his children, Susan (Jon) Mickelson, Patricia (Rick) Grove, Christina (Chris) Nee; grandchildren, Aaron, Anton (Chelsea), Angela, Jeremiah (Lindsey), Amanda (Curtis), Alisha (Josh), Justin (Sidney) Elizabeth, and Jacob; great grandchildren, Devin, Lincoln, Annamarie, Addison, Abbigail, Madison, Zoe, Mason, Riley, Amelia, and Lita; brothers and sisters in law, Warren (Bonnie) Nelson and Richard and Paulette Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathleen in 1997, parents in law, Merrill and Vivian Nelson; sister, Helen Krominga; brothers, Julian Jr. and Edward (Johnny) Johnson; nieces, Luann and Jennifer; nephews, Tom, Mike, Joey, Teddy, Robert, and Marty; and sisters in law, Haroldine and Mavis.

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Paul used to give me a ride to Continental Castings from Clarks Grove as my transportation at that time wasn't always reliable. I appreciate his kindness toward me and willingness to help a very young kid learn the ropes at the foundry. I also enjoyed his humor and stories – he really was a funny guy!

Lyn Andersen Jan 16 2022 9:23 PM

Dear Christina, Sue and Patty,
I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Thank you so much for sharing all those beautiful pictures in his memory. I will be keeping you all in my prayers during this difficult time. Much love, Amy & Andrew

Amy Nenninger Jan 14 2022 12:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Johnson

Don & Susan Morris Jan 14 2022 12:12 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Johnson

Jeannie Boyer Jan 10 2022 11:30 PM