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Marvin A. Johnson Sept. 1, 1918 - Oct. 18, 2008

HECTOR -- Marvin Adolph Johnson, 90, of Bird Island, formerly of Hector, died Saturday at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church in Hector. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hughes Funeral Home in Hector, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and Knights of Columbus rosary, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Palmyra Township, Renville County, to Adolph and Annie (Mathison) Johnson. He attended District 113 and graduated from Hector High School and from Greer Diesel School in Chicago. He began farming when his father became ill.

He married Marianne Kubesh on March 6, 1943, in Olivia. They farmed in Martinsburg Township, Renville County, for 45 years until retirement.

His then worked for Brian Lamb in farming for 20 years, until a second retirement at age 82. Besides farming, he worked for the USDA as a commodity inspector in Renville County, and worked for 20 years as assistant to the Green Giant fieldmen. He was also a leader in MN FAIR for two years. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and served as a region pastoral council member for 20 years; was president of the men's club and a member of the parish council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and received the Bishops Medal of Honor . He was a member of the Sons of Norway, was township treasurer for 43 years, and clerk of School District 113.

He is survived by his wife; four children: Paul D. (and Donna) Johnson of Faribault, Wayne M. (and Beverly) Johnson of Willmar, Luanne (and William) Turrentine of Centreville, Va., and Norine (and Mark) Eckstrom of Bradenton, Fla.; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters: Elaine Brustad of Austin and Grace Ness of Hector.

He was preceded in death by one sister.