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Richard Johnson, 87

Richard Arthur, son of Gust and Betty (Wiklund) Johnson, was born November 25, 1924 in Lake Bronson, MN. After graduating from high school in 1943, he left the home farm to work in Minneapolis. Richard served in the U.S. Navy from December of 1943 until his discharge in October of 1946 and with the Navy Reserves until October of 1951. Richard was united in marriage to Ethel V. Hanson on July 13, 1946. The couple lived in Minneapolis. Richard completed his schooling in telegraphy and was hired on with the Chicago, St. Paul and Omaha Railroad, which eventually became the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He worked as the station agent in Osseo from November, 1948 until 1956 and then in Augusta until 1976, and due to health problems spent the winter months doing volunteer work in the Rio Grande Valley at Bibleville, Texas. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and bee keeping. He served the churches he addended in many ways: as a Sunday School teacher, superintendent, trustee, youth leader, deacon, on various church boards, as usher, grounds keeper and van driver to Mexico. Richard also served in the community with the PTA on the Augusta School Board, Augusta Nursing Home Board, for a time with the Augusta Lions Club, and was a member of the Augusta American Legion Post #291.
    He will be lovingly remembered by his wife: Ethel of Augusta; three daughters: Peggy Hahn of Augusta, Becky (Ralph) Hermanson of Kalamazoo, MI, Sandy (Thomas) Kwolek of Mankato, MN; seven grandchildren: Peter, Patrick (Amy), Paula (Chris) Denk, Laura (James) Hankins, Michael Hermanson, Nicholas and Emma Kwolek; four great-grandchildren: Owen, Abby, Lilly and Gibson; two sisters: Joy Levenhagen of Lake Bronson, Carol (David) Metzler of Ames, Iowa; brother: Dale (Peggy) Johnson of Clear Lake, MN; sister-in-law: Joyce (Douglas) Fenderson of New Brighton, MN; nieces and nephews: Susan, Tressa, Wendy, Cindy, Shanda, Steven, Martin, Andrew, Anthony and Al.
    Richard was preceded in death by his father in 1967; mother in 1982; brothers: Ralph and Marvin; son-in-law: Roger (Jody) Hahn; sister-in-law: Florence; nephew: Fritz; and niece: Patricia.
    Funeral services were Friday, July 13 at First Baptist Church in Augusta, WI[ Pastor Horst Bruenjes officiating; Song service: Juliana Kramer, Dennis and Jill Severson; Casket bearers: Peter and Patrick Hahn, Nicholas Kwolek, Ralph Hermanson, Thomas Kwolek, Chris Denk. His final resting place, with Military Rites, was at West Lawn Cemetery in Augusta, WI.
    Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Augusta, WI.

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