The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Obituaries

May 17, 2013

Luther Victor Johnson

—  Luther Victor Johnson, age 95, of rural Lake Crystal, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Luther Memorial Home, Madelia.

 A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Butternut.  Burial with military honors will be in Our Saviour's Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour before service at church on Monday. Lake Crystal Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

 Luther Victor Johnson was born July 24, 1917, the second of four sons born to Bertel and Louise (Pederson) Johnson in Lincoln Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.  Luther was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Butternut.  He attended rural school and graduated from Madelia High School in 1935.  Following high school graduation, Luther attended St. Olaf College, Northfield for one year.  Luther was united in marriage to Elizabeth L. Lickfett on January 30, 1942 in Madelia. He farmed with his father until entering the United States Army on April 11, 1942.  He completed basic training at Camp Wolters, (now Ft. Wolters) Texas and officer training at Ft. Belvoir, VA.  He was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Washington, D.C., and in the Philippines, during his active duty service.   He then served in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1977 at a Lt. Colonel.

 Luther and Elizabeth moved to Evergreen Grove Farm, rural Lake Crystal in March of 1947.

 Luther was a lifetime member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Butternut, where he served on several boards and taught Sunday school for several years.  He also served on the Luther Memorial Home board of directors.   He was a member of the Lake Crystal American Legion and the Last Man Club of Mankato.  Luther especially enjoyed deer and goose hunting, trapshooting, pitching horseshoes for several years on the Lake Crystal team, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles.

 Luther is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Lake Crystal; son, Dean Johnson of Good Thunder; daughter, Dedra (Dwight) Hervey of Winnebago; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Ardis) Johnson of Madelia; sister-in-law, Doris Johnson of Madelia; several nieces and nephews.

 Luther was preceded in death by his two brothers, Arnold and Gordon; and great-grandson, Kyle.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Ronald Brubaker

     Ronald Brubaker, 66 of Mankato died July 27, 2014 at VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

    July 28, 2014

  • Rita LaBelle - O.JPG Rita S. LaBelle

      Rita S. LaBelle, age 80 of Le Sueur, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Minnesota Valley Health Center in Le Sueur.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brian Rykhus - O.JPG Brian James Rykhus

    Brian James Rykhus, 48, of Houston, MN formerly of Mankato, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gerald Gordon Donelan

    Gerald Gordon Donelan,  85 of Waseca, died on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

    July 28, 2014

  • Eloise Keltgen - O.JPG Eloise "Lois" Keltge

      Eloise "Lois" Keltgen 92, of New Ulm died Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mae C. Stubbs

    Mae C. Stubbs, 86 of Franklin, MN formerly of Mankato, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud.

    July 28, 2014

  • Wilma Grams - O.JPG Wilma M. Gram

    A Celebration of Life for Wilma M. Grams, age 86, of Mankato will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato with Msgr. Douglas Grams officiating.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brian James Rykhus

    Brian James Rykhus, 48, of Houston, MN formerly of Mankato, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home.

    July 27, 2014

  • Gerald Donelan.JPG Gerald Gordon Donelan

    GERALD GORDON DONELAN, age 85 of Waseca, died on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty J. Menden

      Betty J. Menden, 88, of Shakopee, died Saturday, July 26, at the Gardens of St. Gertrude's, Shakopee.

    July 26, 2014