CLOQUET - Leslie "Lardy" F. Johnson Sr., age 99, of Cloquet, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at Sunnyside Health Care Center. He was born Feb. 2, 1910, in Cloquet to John A. and Ida (Swanson) Johnson. Lardy worked as a supervisor in the machine room for the Potlatch Co. He was an avid fisherman, loved hunting and was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Potlatch Quarter Century Club.
Lardy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Myrtle; one son, Leslie "Bubby" Johnson Jr.; six brothers, Reed, Willard, Rueben, Arthur, Guff and Harvey; and three sisters, Florence Erickson, Myrtle Thorpe and Emily Bloom. He is survived by three grandsons, Gary (Joyce) Johnson, of Cloquet, Kurt (Sally) Johnson, of Cloquet, Ross Johnson, of Eagan; daughter-in-law, Donna Johnson, of Cloquet; special friend, Lillian Carlson, of Brainerd; two great-grandchildren, Jay (Lindsey) Johnson and Carmen (Craig) Purcell; two great-great-grandchildren, Connor and Carter Purcell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet officiated by the Rev. Betty Starkey. Music provided by Lorren Lindevig. Pallbearers are Gary, Kurt, Ross, Jay and Ronald Johnson, Joe Rebikawski and Craig Purcell. A luncheon will follow the service in the fellowship room. Interment services will follow at Round Lake Cemetery. The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet to assist them with arrangements.
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