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Floyd H. Johnson Sept. 28, 1924 - Jan. 13, 2013

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Floyd H. Johnson Sept. 28, 1924 - Jan. 13, 2013

WILLMAR - Floyd H. Johnson, age 88, of Willmar, formerly of Murdock, died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Memorial service will be 1:30 pm on Friday, January 18, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Murdock. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm at Harvey Anderson Kerkhoven Funeral Home in Kerkhoven and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

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Floyd Harlie Johnson was born on September 28, 1924 in Murdock, Minnesota, the son of Isaac and Lillie (Youngquist) Johnson. He grew up in Murdock where he graduated from Murdock High School in the class of 1942. Floyd enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. in 1942 and was stationed in Japan during WWII. He was a fighter pilot flying a P-51 aircraft. Following the war, he continued serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for a total of 20 years. In 1947, he returned to Murdock and was united in marriage to Martha "Irene" Nelson. The couple farmed in Dublin Township, Swift County; retiring from farming in 1972. Floyd then worked as a custodian for Murdock High School and later KMS; retiring in 1989.

Floyd was a lifelong member at Calvary Lutheran Church in Murdock where he was baptized and confirmed. He served on the church council, was a handyman and did lawn mowing. Floyd was also a member of: the Murdock V.F.W., Reserve Officers Association, Murdock School Board and P.T.A. President in Murdock.

He enjoyed bowling, woodworking, and working on automobiles. His family remembers him as a jack of all trades always helping others. Following retirement, Floyd and Irene enjoyed traveling to all fifty states.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Irene Johnson of Willmar; daughter, Pamela (Dave) Oelslager of Raymond; sons: Harlie Johnson of Willmar, Robert (Tammy) Johnson of Roseau; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and brother, Wayne (Velma) Johnson of Willmar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth and half-sister Mabel.

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