The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 10, 2013

Frederick "Fred" Ray Johannsen

— Frederick "Fred" Ray Johannsen, age 73, of Amboy, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Minneapolis VA Center.

 Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 10:30 AM, at First Baptist Church in Lake Crystal, with Rev. Scott Jennings officiating.  Burial will be in Rice Lake Cemetery, Winnebago.  Visitation time will be from 5:00 8:00 PM Thursday July 11, 2013., at Spencer Owen Funeral Home, 345 6th Ave SE in Winnebago, and 1 hour before at the church.  Web tributes may be left at

 He was born July 21, 1939, at Fairmont, the son of Hartwig & Grace (Jeffries) Johannsen.

 A proud American, Fred served his country as a Marine, transmitting Morse Code communications at Camp Pendleton in California, then in Japan, Laos, and the Philippines.

 He loved spending time in the natural beauty of his native Minnesota, and was an avid fisherman, owned and operated Fred's Bait & Tackle.  He attended First Baptist Church of Lake Crystal, and served our community as a Sunday school teacher, and as the president of the Lura Lake Aeration Association.

 He always enjoyed taking fishing and hunting trips with family, and he loved sitting around a fire with family, neighbors and friends, listening to his brother Maurice playing the guitar.  He loved gardening and working in the yard, spending lots of time playing with the grandkids, and looked forward to coffee with his buddies every morning at the station.  But his favorite way to spend an afternoon was to sit quietly in the backyard swing.

 Fred bravely fought the battle of cancer these last few months, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his loved ones.

 He is survived by his wife, Carole Johannsen of Amboy, his daughter, Shelly & Paul Voges of Janesville, MN, his daughter, Sheryl & Tom Marshall of Blaine, MN, his daughter, Stacy & Brian Henderlong of St. Petersburg, FL, his daughter, Sharon & Brad Bonnett of Mt. Lake, his brother, Clair Johannsen of Hagerstown, MD, his brother, Maurice & Ruthann Johannsen of Truman, his sister, Twyla Geiken of Cannon Falls, MN, his sister, Grace & Gary Haeckel of Fairmont, his sister, Wanda Kubly of Dearborn, MO, his 15 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his son Brent Michael, infant sister Mary Alice, and parents.