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John Neil Johnson Nov. 14, 1926 - June 22, 2013

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John Neil Johnson Nov. 14, 1926 - June 22, 2013

WILLMAR - John Neil Johnson left us peacefully in his sleep Saturday June 22, 2013 after battling both heart problems and cancer for more than a year. He was born Nov 14, 1926 to Adolph and Claire Johnson. He married Geraldine Dougherty on November 27th 1947 and provided for his family as an Engineer with Burlington Northern from 1947 – 1987. He was a loving husband, father, friend and an avid fisherman and golfer.

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Neil and Jerri raised seven children taking them to cottages on the lake every summer. They had many close friends and were stalwarts in neighborhood coffee-clutches especially with Harvey and Myrtle Olsen for many decades. Neil served his country in the Army during WWII and loved spending time with his friends at “The Vets” for dinner every week.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Neil moved to Willmar as a young man and quickly won the heart of the lovely and energetic Geraldine. They sent their children to Catholic School and Willmar High School. They were blessed with seven children: Lee A. Johnson; Phoenix, AZ; Kelly, Willmar; Lori (John)De Cleene, Philippines; Lin (Warren)Peterson, Milaca; Scott, Willmar; Lesa (David) Cappelen, Minneapolis; and Leslie who left us tragically in a car accident in 1983. Neil and Jerri had 14 grandchildren.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, loving and faithful wife Jerri, daughter, three brothers and his sister. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, especially Jeff Colehour, his golfing partner who had coffee with him daily for decades. Neil’s children would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for their months of blessing-filled care along with Compassionate Care of Willmar. A private family service is pending.

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