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Roger D. Johnson April 17, 1926 - June 18, 2009

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NEW LONDON -- Roger Donald Johnson, 83, of New London, died Thursday at Glen Oaks Care Center in New London.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Burial will be in the Spicer City Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Henderson-Lewis American Legion Post in Spicer.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Green Lake Funeral Home in Spicer and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

He was born April 17, 1926, in Minneapolis to Gust and Helen (Benson) Johnson. When he was 6 years old, he moved with his family to a farm north of Atwater. He attended District 50 School and Atwater High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. Following his discharge, he received his GED and graduated from Western States Chiropractic College.

On March 12, 1955, he married Janet Miller in Atwater. They lived in the Spicer community and moved to New London in 2003. He practiced his profession in Kansas before returning to Minnesota. He was employed by the Willmar Regional Treatment Center for 28 years, retiring in 1987. He and his family operated Johnson Lawn Service for many years.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer and a member of the American Legion for 63 years.

He is survived by his wife; four children: Gerald Johnson of Spicer, Nancy (and Lyle) Palmquist of New London, Jim "J.D." Johnson of Spicer and Calvin Johnson of Spicer; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister: Norma (and Bob) Olson of Sunburg.

He was preceded in death by a grandson and one brother.

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