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Harry G. Johnson April 14, 1914 - March 26, 2009

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REDWOOD FALLS -- Harry George Johnson, 94, of Redwood Falls, died Thursday at Redwood Area Hospital.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. Burial with military honors will be at Redwood Falls Cemetery.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born April 14, 1914, near Rapids City, Ill., to Harry and Lottie (Taylor) Johnson. They moved to Morristown in 1919 and, in 1924, to a farm in the Redwood Falls area. He boarded in Redwood Falls to attend high school and graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1932. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1934. He served in Kodiak, Alaska. His unit was moved to Texas in 1944 and he enlisted in the Army. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and awarded the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to Redwood Falls.

He married Pearl Dittbenner on Dec. 14, 1946, in Morgan. The lived in Redwood Falls and he worked at Montgomery Ward for 30 years. He was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday school for 13 years, served as Sunday school superintendent for six years and was a Boy Pioneer leader and usher.

He is survived by his wife; daughter: Gail (and Bill) Ripka of Redwood Falls and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his son: Duane Johnson in 1968; two brothers; and one sister.

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