Harlan Johnson


Harlan Navonne Johnson, 83, Mazeppa, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Golden Living Center-West in Rochester.

A memorial service Tuesday, May 5, at the United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. Burial was at Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston.

Harlan Johnson was born April 1, 1932, to H. Clarence and Sadie (Ahlness) Johnson in Madelia. He grew up in Hanska where he graduated from high school. On Oct. 2, 1952, Harlan entered the U.S. Army. He served in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged on Sept. 21, 1954.

On May 5, 1957, he married Lois Shope in Coleridge, Nebraska. Harlan was a station agent for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and in Luverne for more than 20 years.

Harlan was a life member of the VFW, including the Swanson-Owens VFW Post #9647 in Oronoco, the American Legion Post #588 in Mazeppa, Mazeppa Veterans Honor Guard, Korean War Veterans Club, Chicago and Northwestern Veterans Employees Association and life member of Gold Wing Road Rider Association. Harlan enjoyed back yard mechanics, camping, snowmobiling, motorcycling and classic car shows.

Harlan is survived by his wife, Lois Johnson, Mazeppa; a daughter, Melanie (Bruce) Huie, Crescent City, California; two sons, Lorne Johnson, Rochester, and Wayne (Sharon) Johnson, Raleigh, North Carolina; two grandsons, Seth and Aaron Bauer; five granddaughters, Nicole Kraayenhof, Kaitlyn Morris, Brittni Johnson, Cassidy Johnson and Callie Johnson; two great-granddaughters; a sister, Betty (Perry) Thompson, Hanska; a brother-in-law, Curtis Asleson, New Ulm; and four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sonia Asleson.

Memorials may be directed to the Mayo Hospice Program, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Arrangements were by Mahn Family Funeral Home – Larson Chapel of Zumbrota, www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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