DULUTH --Joseph "Barney" Bernard Johnson, 80, Duluth, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospice.
He was born in Cambridge to Joseph and Ruth Johnson. He received his undergraduate education at Carlton College. Upon completing officer's candidate school at Fort Benning, Ga., he joined the 82nd Division and then the 101st Airborne Division of the Army Air Corps. Throughout his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters, two Presidential citations, four battle ribbons, the Croix de Guerre, the Order of Holland, Combat Infantry Badge and Glider Wings. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after a number of years in the active reserves. After World War II, he entered the University of Michigan Law School and graduated in 1948. He joined the law firm that eventually bore his name. He was involved in civic and professional organizations, including president of the Northland Country Club, president of the board of directors of the YMCA of Duluth, chairman on the board of trustees for YMCA of Duluth, vice president of the United Way, Duluth area, chairman of the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, president of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund, member and chairman of the Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners, president of District 11 Bar Association, board of Governors of the Minnesota State Bar Association, chairman of Minnesota State Judicial Selection Committee and fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He married Kay Dabelstein in 1943. She died in 1983. He married Jean Whiting Johnson in 1994.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Christine Dashner, Pacific Junction, Iowa; a son, Joseph "Joe" B. Johnson III, Duluth; two stepsons, Jim Whiting and Craig Whiting, Lake Shore; a stepdaughter, Sue Ragen, Ely; and two grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Sunday in the Jarvi-Dowd Chapel and from 10 a.m. until services Monday at the church.
Arrangements are with Bell Brothers Funeral Directors and Jarvi-Dowd Chapel, both of Duluth.
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