Carl John Johnson, age 90, resident of Brainerd, formerly of Akeley, Minn., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Carl was born on Nov. 15, 1916, in Minneapolis to Swedish immigrant parents Erick and Hilda (Ohren) Johnson. Carl served with the U.S. Marines in WWII, serving from 1943 to 1946 with the 4th Marine Division during the assault on Saipan-Yellow Beach; attached to 1st and 6th Marine Division during the battle for Okinawa and served with occupation forces in Nagasaki.
Returning after the war, he married his lifetime sweetheart, Clara Young, on March 13, 1946. They lived and farmed in Akeley until 1957 when he became a Minnesota game warden. He served in the Fosston area for 25 years. Upon retiring he and Clara returned to their home roots in Akeley. In 2000, they moved to Brainerd to be close to their daughters.
Survivors include Clara, his wife of 61 years; two daughters, Barbara Williams and Mary Jane (Richard) Matthews; five grandchildren, Randy (Nancy) Williams, Katie (Andy) Rangen, Ben (Andi) Matthews, Dan (Michelle) Matthews, Jon Matthews; two great-grandchildren, Josiah Matthews and Alexandra (Allie) Matthews; a sister, Louise Bright.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold and Axel; and sister, Helen Bartlett.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at Akeley United Methodist Church with Richard Carl Bright and Dr. S. Kenneth Nelson officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be in the Akeley Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials are preferred.
Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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