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Wayne A. Johnson, age 89, of Wolsey, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at home with his family by his side.

His memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, May 31, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wolsey.

His visitation will be from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Kuhler Funeral Home, Huron, with his family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A time of sharing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Wayne Allen Johnson was born on February 11, 1930, to Oscar and Pearl (Garlow) Johnson in Roberts County, SD. He graduated from Sisseton High School in 1948.

Wayne was born the second of nine children during the depression, and he grew up with a strong work ethic. It has been told that he walked miles to his country school in the Sisseton Hills uphill both ways.

On September 6, 1953, he married Beverly Grinde in Peever, SD.

He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956 when he was stationed in Japan during the Korean War Conflict. After he was honorably discharged, he enrolled at Northern State College. He completed his Bachelor Degree in Education in an astounding 2 years and 10 months in 1959, all while working full-time at International Harvester in Aberdeen. In 1963, he completed his Master’s Degree in Education Administration. He taught in Spencer, SD, and Hecla. He was a School Administrator in Kidder; Royalton, MN; Wolsey, SD; and Wilmot. SD. He retired in 1992.

He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He had an infinite amount of patience teaching numerous children to fish and water ski at his cabin on Clear Lake. He was a master at limericks and unfortunately taught his grandchildren many of them while hunting and fishing

Grateful to have shared his life are his wife Beverly of 65 years; his five children, David (Linda) Johnson of Fergus Falls, MN, Doreen (Gary) Boomsma of Wolsey, Bradley (Shelly) Johnson of Bowdle, Brian (Kristin) Johnson of Sioux Falls, and Paul (Michelle) Johnson of Wolsey; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; his sister, Lavonne Grimsrud of Sisseton; his sister-in-law, Shirley Johnson of Gold Canyon, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Pearl; his brothers, Erwin, Vern, Darrel, Odean, and Ronald; and two infant sisters, Ardis and Geraldine.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

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Marshall County Journal

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