PINE RIVER -- Donald Wallace Johnson, age 86, of Pine River, passed away March 29, 2005. He was born on Oct. 21, 1918, in Terrace, Minn. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Nell, his brothers, Walter and Norris, and sisters, Gertrude and Linda. Loving father of David (Milly) of Hopkins, Steven of Nisswa, and Michael (Karen) of Tallahassee, Fla., and loving grandfather to Jesse Kisskeys and Grant and Taylor Johnson. He also is survived by brothers Les (Evelyn) of Glenwood, Howard (Eileen) of Tucson, Ariz., and sister-in-law Ella of Minneapolis.
Don, a WWII veteran, moved to Morris, Minn., after being discharged from the service and worked for Standard Oil Co. He moved to St. Louis Park in 1955 and was a plumber for 30 years in Minneapolis, with his last project in the Twin Cities being the mechanical foreman for the construction of the Health-Science building at the University of Minnesota. In 1974, Don and Nell moved to Whitefish Lake in Pine River where they built their dream house. Two years later, Don and son, Steven, started their own plumbing and heating business Plumbing, Etc. in Pine River. Don and Nell later retired in Tucson, Ariz., and enjoyed many years together with friends before Nell passed away. He then relocated back to Pine River and lived at the Riverside Villa Senior Apartments.
A memorial service will beheld on April 8 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Pine River with Pastor John Twiton officiating.
A second memorial service will be held later in Tucson, Ariz., so his remains may be with Nell.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift given to the Good Samaritan Society in Pine River for their needed service to the community is preferred.
Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.
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