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Eldon George Johnson

July 11, 1935 June 6, 2018
Eldon George Johnson
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Obituary for Eldon George Johnson

ELDON GEORGE JOHNSON was born to Harold and Susie (Waasdorp) Johnson on July 11, 1935 on the family farm in the Lake Benton Township in Lincoln County, Minnesota. He attended school in Verdi, Minnesota. As a teenager, Eldon worked for Bill Willert on his farm. He graduated from Verdi High School in 1953. In April of 1953, he joined the National Guard and was active until August of 1954. Eldon was united in marriage to Dorothy Rochel on March 20, 1954. Eldon joined the United States Navy, enlisting on August 27, 1954. He was stationed in San Diego, California where he completed boot camp and pipe fitters training. Eldon was then stationed on the USS Sperry CA -16, a submarine repair ship. He spent six months on the USS Sperry before moving to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. Dorothy joined Eldon out in California on the military base. The two resided there until 1957, when Eldon was assigned to the USS Rowan DD782. Aboard the USS Rowan, Eldon was able to visit many wonderful places, including: Hawaii, Japan, the Samoan Islands, Australia, Guam, China, and the Philippines. After his tour, Eldon was honorably discharged in July of 1958 but continued in the active reserves for 10-12 years. After his discharge, Eldon moved back to Minnesota and he and Dorothy began farming in Altona Township in Pipestone County. The couple then purchased their farm near Verdi. Eldon farmed his entire life raising hogs, cattle and sheep and grew corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats and flax. He drove a fleet of Allis Chalmers tractors. He also worked seasonally 6 years for the flax straw crew near Verdi in the late 70’s. Dorothy passed away on September 24, 2008. After Dorothy’s death, Eldon continued to live on their farm in rural Verdi until his death. On Wednesday June 6, 2018, Eldon passed away suddenly at the Avera McKennan hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 82 years, 10 months, and 25 days.
Eldon was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton, Minnesota and the Lake Benton American Legion. As an active individual, he served on the Altona Township Board for 40 years, the Verdi School Board and various church boards. Eldon had many different hobbies throughout his lifetime. He enjoyed playing basketball through high school and his young adult life. He also played on a bowling team for many years. Eldon loved to fish and was coming up on his 60th Anniversary of Deer Hunting. For many years he hosted the annual deer hunting camp for family and friends and enjoyed teaching the grandkids how to hunt, often using his heated blind. Eldon was proud of his green thumb that he had inherited from his mom and continued to garden until the very end, putting in a few of his favorite vegetables consisting of radishes, beans, onions, peas or tomato plants. He always enjoyed playing a good card game of Pinochle or Pepper. Eldon also served as the community Santa Claus for many years and continued to dress up each year for the grandkids. Eldon will be remembered as always being a kid at heart and loved spending time with his family and friends, particularly with his grandkids, telling stories and joking with them.
He is lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Eldonna (Thomas) Hillard of Ward, South Dakota and Judy (Lee) Johnson of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota; eight grandchildren, Krista (Shuan) Wisdom, Amanda (Benjamin) Kampmann, Jared (Vanessa) Hillard, Bradley (fiance, Chelsey Hinicker) Hillard, Elizabeth Johnson, Katelyn (fiance, Mitchell Ross) Johnson, Ashley Johnson, and Isaac Johnson; four great-granddaughters, Annsleigh, Maelynn, and Lamarah Wisdom, and Brystol Kampmann; three sisters-in-law, Joyce (Marlyn) Koehne of Langdon, North Dakota, Vida Johnson of rural Lake Benton, Alma Johnson of Pipestone; one sister; and many other loving family members and friends, including Carol Mostad of Brookings, South Dakota. Eldon was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; his son, Douglas; two infant children, Wayne and Diane; two infant twin great-grandsons, Bentley and Brayden; his parents; brothers, Ivan, Leonard, Donald, and Floyd; and his sister Betty Manderscheid.

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Visitation

Friday

8

Jun

4:00 PM 6/8/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/8/2018 8:00:00 PM
United Methodist Church - Lake Benton

104 Bluff St. W.
Lake Benton, MN 56149

United Methodist Church - Lake Benton
104 Bluff St. W. Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States

Prayer Service

Friday

8

Jun

7:00 PM 6/8/2018 7:00:00 PM
United Methodist Church - Lake Benton

104 Bluff St. W.
Lake Benton, MN 56149

United Methodist Church - Lake Benton
104 Bluff St. W. Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

9

Jun

10:30 AM 6/9/2018 10:30:00 AM
United Methodist Church - Lake Benton

104 Bluff St. W.
Lake Benton, MN 56149

United Methodist Church - Lake Benton
104 Bluff St. W. Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

Oakwood Drive
Lake Benton, MN 56149

Oakwood Drive Lake Benton 56149 MN
United States
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