LaVern K. Johnson
LaVern K. Johnson
LaVern K. Johnson was born on October 6, 1951, son of Vernon and Gloria Siemers Johnson in Montevideo, Minnesota. He passed away on Monday July 21, 2014 at the age of 62 from ALS also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease.
He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Lucas Lutheran Church in rural Cottonwood, Minnesota. He graduated from Clarkfield High School with the class of 1969 and later attended Canby Technical College graduating in 1970. LaVern was united in marriage to Becky on June 17, 1972 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Clarkfield, Minnesota and they were blessed with the birth of three children.
LaVern worked for Miller Equipment where he fixed and designed new parts. After welding several years he went to work for Viessman Trucking and farming the family farm. Later he worked for the Yellow County Highway Department where he drove gravel truck & snow plow and did their fabrication. He was also a volunteer fire fighter for over 25 years.
In 1996 he left the county to start Johnson Transportation with his son, Trevor, and in 2004 he started Silverline Truckwash in Denison Iowa.
Vern was very talented whether he was fixing, designing or building things. There were several components of the truck wash that he designed and built himself because the parts he needed didnt even exist.
His most recent business venture was "Earth to Earth" compost which he started bagging from the compost from the livestock trailers they washed.
Throughout the years LaVern participated in bowling and golf leagues and enjoyed boating and camping on the weekends. Prior to his Iowa move, he could be found one to times a day having coffee uptown with his friends. Some of his other favorite activities included hunting, singing karaoke and dancing. Vern was almost always the first one on the dance floor.
LaVern is proceeded in death by his father, Vernon Johnson; niece Tina Pooley and her husband Walter; and nephews Mark Olson and Todd Vold. Survivors include his former wife and close friend Becky Johnson; three children, Tracy Lundy and her husband Scott of Willmar, Minnesota, Trevor Johnson and his wife Mandi of Denison Iowa, Travis Johnson of Denison, Iowa; 9 grandchildren, Hayli Winans, Victoria Morales, Cierah Winans, Ally Jansons, Taytum Winans, Chandler Johnson, Paige Jansons, Lucas Lundy and Reese Lundy; his mother Gloria Johnson of Clarkfield, Minnesota; two sisters, Phyllis Hall and husband Dan Bazis of Irving, Texas, Paulette OConnell of Clarkfield, Minnesota; 3 brothers, Marlynn Johnson and wife Fern of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Loren Johnson and wife Jena Heng of Huntington Beach, California, Richard Johnson of Mankato, Minnesota; great grand children; and several great nieces and nephews.
Service: Clarkfield Lutheran Church Clarkfield, Minnesota 11:00 A.M. - Saturday, July 26, 2014. Officiant: Rev. Chris Zuraff
Interment: St. Lucas Lutheran Cemetery, Rural Cottonwood, Minnesota
The family invites everyone to return to the church and join them in fellowship and lunch provided by the Augustana & Clarkfield Lutheran WELCA
JH Lynner Funeral Home Clarkfield jhlynner.com