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Erling H. Johnson

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 1:50 p.m. CDT

Erling Hans Johnson, 85, Oregon died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at KSB Hospital, Dixon. 

He was born April 14, 1928 in Melrude, Minn., the son of Fred and Irene (Lindgren) Johnson. 

Erling graduated from Cotton High School, Cotton, Minn. 

He married LaVonne “Bonnie” Swift on Dec. 27, 1950 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Welcome, Minn., while he was serving in the U.S. Army. 

They lived near Hibbing, Minn., following his discharge from the service in 1952, where Erling was employed with Terex Division of General Motors. 

He was transferred to Minneapolis where he was a service manager for Terex.   

He was later transferred to the Chicago area where he was a regional service manager traveling to about 25 states.

Erling and Bonnie lived in the suburb of Roselle for 24 years before retiring to live in Apple Canyon Lake. 

It was a bit too far for the children to travel from the Chicago area to see them, so they moved in a little closer to Oregon where they lived since 1997. 

Erling enjoyed working with wood, making many items for their home, their children’s homes and for others. 

He enjoyed watching football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.

Erling is survived by his wife, LaVonne “Bonnie” Johnson of 63 years, Oregon; six children, RonLee (Lisa Berge) Johnson, Chana, Dann (Melissa Angel) Johnson, Tampa, Fla., Jennifer (Jerome) Massari, Milford, Conn., Todd Johnson, Chicago, Timm Johnson, Oregon, Aimee (Buzz) Kilman, Chicago; seven grandchildren, Kayden, Evryn, Jessica, Jacklyn, Kelly, Lyndsey, and Piper; and one great-grandchild, Sophia.

Services were scheduled for Wednesday, Dec.11 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, with Rev. Josh Ehler officiating. 

Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris.

Arrangements were completed by Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris.

Memorial to be established.

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