Vernon Johnson, age 92, of St. James, died on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James.
Vernon Johnson, age 92, of St. James, died on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at East Sveadahl Lutheran Church rural St. James with Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner officiating. Burial will be at East Sveadahl Lutheran Cemetery of rural St. James with military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Friday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church one hour before services on Saturday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Vernon Johnson was born in Lake Hanska Township, Brown County, Minnesota, on December 17, 1920, the son of Carl and Eugenia (Bloomquist) Johnson. He was baptized at East Sveadahl Lutheran Church and confirmed at West Sveadahl Lutheran Church. Vernon attended rural school district 37, Watonwan Co. School Dist. He worked at Lee Oil Co., LaSalle in the early 1940s before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard on January 6, 1942. He served in the Pacific area aboard the USS Cavalier APA 37, where he earned five battle stars before they were torpedoed in the South Pacific. He then was transferred to the USCGC Iroquis on weather patrol in the central Pacific until his honorable discharge on August 6, 1946. Vernon returned to Minnesota and went to work at the LaSalle Farmers Grain Co. and later drove truck for John Deere of St. James. On April 30, 1948, Vernon was united in marriage to Evelyn Hagen at the Albion Church parsonage in St. James. They raised their three children and farmed on the third generation family farm, in the St. James area and retired in the early 1980s. Vernon was a Life Member of the American Legion Post 33, V.F.W. Post 1914 and served on the Honor Guard for 30 years before his health forced him to retire. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Twins and Vikings, and traveling on the Bloomquist Family Reunion Bus in the U.S. and Canada.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn Johnson of St. James, daughters; Maralee (Marv) Weiss of Sleepy Eye, Layne Johnson of Lake Crystal and special friend Tae Meyer; sister, Lorraine Hoff of Minneapolis; brother; Kermit (Dona) Johnson of St. James; nine grandchildren, Karl (Jill) Weiss, Kevin Weiss, Bryan (Naomi) Weiss all of Sleepy Eye, Jeremiah (Laura) Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jennifer (Barry) Jesinoski of Union, Ky., Jeffrey (Deonne) Johnson of Md., Jaymi (Troy) Bader of Omaha, Neb., Tammy (Carlos) Rosa of Mo., Tara Kinney of Bettendorf, Iowa; 18 great-grandchildren and a little girl on the way; sister-in-law, Muriel Wordelman of St. Cloud; brother-in-law, Stanley (Arlene) Hagen of St. James.
He is preceded in death by his son, Randall in 1987; parents; brother, Victor; parents-in-law, Thom and Emma Hagen; and brother-in-law, Avery Hoff.