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John T. Johnson, Sr., 82

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John T. Johnson, Sr., age 82, of New Richmond, died Friday, Aug. 15, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

He was born the son of Thome and Ruth (Holen) Johnson on March 22, 1932, in the house on the family farm he still lived in. John attended Cedar Lake School and took over the family farm at the age of 16 after his father's death. He was a life-long dairy farmer and a life-long member of West Immanuel Lutheran Church. On Aug. 24, 1957, he married Judith Olson in Iowa. John enjoyed woodworking and fishing. In retirement, he worked a few years as a custodian at Hudson High School.

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He was described as a "Gentle Giant" and will be missed by his wife of 56 years, Judy; children, Larry (Dawn), Pam (Bob) Viau, Steven (Jenny), John, Jr. "Jack" (Mara); grandchildren, Jeremy, Jamie and Jennifer Johnson, Barb (Tim) Lorinser, Bob Viau, Jr., Dylan, Taylor, Brennan, Alice and Ronan Johnson; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Sophie, and Rhett Lorinser; brothers, James (Marge), Elton (Shirley), Bob (Sharon), Glen (Beth) and Jerry Johnson; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Thome and Ruth; son, Donald; siblings, Alta Mae, George and Curtis Johnson, and Rosella (Chick) Rose; and sister-in-law, Pat Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at West Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Osceola. Visitation will also be from 10-11 a.m. Friday at church.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

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