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Russell Johnson

Russell Johnson, age 84, of Atwater, died Tuesday morning, September 15, at Sunnyview Assisted Living in Atwater.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 19, at the United Methodist Church in Atwater. Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Atwater at a later date. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 167. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 18, at Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Atwater Area Help for Seniors or Rice Hospice.

Russell was born January 4, 1931, near Kerkhoven, Minnesota, the son of Clarence and Blanche (Bengtson) Johnson. He grew up in the rural Kerkhoven area and graduated from Murdock High School in 1950. He served in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic during the Korean Conflict. In 1968, he married Jan Meyring and they made their home in Atwater.

Russell began working at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center in 1964 and worked 28 years as a human services assistance until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Atwater, the American Legion, and the Atwater Threshers. He was also the recipient of the Atwater Good Neighbor Award in 1998. He enjoyed wood-working and built many flower beds and was proud of his rocking horse, which won the Merit Award at the Kandiyohi County Fair. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling all over the world with Jan.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; eight children, Terry (and Becky) Johnson, Greg (and Terina) Johnson, Randy Johnson, Rodney (and Sarah) Johnson, Bradley (and Susie) Johnson, Jody Johnson, John (and Jill) Butler, and Karen (and Dennis) Johnson; 29 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold (and Julie) Johnson; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cemetery Details

Union Cemetery

Atwater, MN, 56209


SEP 18. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Atwater Funeral Home

508 Atlantic Avenue West

Atwater, MN, US, 56209


SEP 19. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

United Methodist Church

212 2nd Street South

Atwater, MN, US, 56209


SEP 19. 02:00 PM

United Methodist Church

212 2nd Street South

Atwater, MN, US, 56209

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Our thoughts and prayers to the family of U.S. Air Force veteran Russell Johnson. We thank Russell for his honorable and faithful service.From the American Legion Post 167 of Willmar.

Larry Haglund - September 16, 2015 at 02:29 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Prayers to the family of Russell Johnson. Every time I saw him he always had a smile. He always made people feel welcome. My thoughts are 28th you at this difficult time. Tracy Urben

Tracy urben - September 18, 2015 at 09:28 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Here is a great memory... he abandoned his children from his first marriage and missed out.on his grandkids growing up. Sincerely , The Johnson. grand kids.

johnson grandkids - September 26, 2015 at 10:39 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

He was prevented from seeing his children or having visitation other than in the mother's home. It was up to the kids when they became adults to include him in their lives, and they chose not to do so. Sad.

Janet Johnson - November 24, 2015 at 08:51 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM