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Tuesday August 9th, 2022
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Wednesday August 10th, 2022
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Peace Lutheran Church
Wednesday August 10th, 2022
10:30am - 11:30am

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Harley Clayne Johnson

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Harley C. Johnson, age 97, of New London, passed away Friday morning, Aug. 5, at his residence.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London.  Military honors will be provided by the New London American Legion Post #537.  Interment will be at Riverside Lutheran Cemetery near Foley.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home.  www.petersonbrothers.com


Harley Clayne Johnson was born on July 18, 1925, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of John and Elsa (Puttbrese) Johnson.  He grew up in Badger, Minnesota and graduated from Badger High School in 1944.  From Jan. 1, 1945 to Nov. 23, 1946, he served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II.  Following his honorable discharge from the military, Harley attended business school in Minneapolis.  On August 8, 1953, Harley was united in marriage to Verna M. Danielson.  He worked for over 22 years at the Willmar Area Vo-Tech as the Cosmetology Instructor.  He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the New London American Legion Post #537.  His hobbies included quilting, tending to his flower gardens, reading, traveling (especially on bus tours) and playing bingo.


He is survived by his wife, Verna of New London; two daughters, Robin Johnson of Atwater and Jill (and Lonnie) Abbott of St. Joseph; three grandchildren, Derrick (and Jodi) Johnson of Atwater, Ross (and Michelle) Johnson of Atwater, Jeff (and Nicole) Johnson of Lake Lillian; eleven great grandchildren, Tyler (and Elizabeth) Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Brent Johnson, Riley Johnson, Gabe Johnson, Gabby Lawver, Steven Lawver, Travys Lawver, Brayden Johnson, Payton Johnson and Jaelynn Johnson; and one great great grandson, Oliver Johnson, besides several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Norman and twin brother, Harlan; two sisters, Daisy Stauffenecker and Joyce Johnson (in infancy); and one great granddaughter, Kara Johnson.



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Harley was one of the instructors at the Willmar Area Vo-Tech when I was a student of the Cosmetology department there a few years ago. I learned so much from him. He had a humorous way of letting you know that you created a hairstyle that wasn’t quite right, and then smiled as he showed you the right way to do it. He truly loved teaching all of us.

Nancy (Hoepner) Olson Aug 8 2022 3:45 PM

Verna, Robin & Jill,
My deepest sympathy in the passing of Harley. What fond memories of Uncle Harley I will cherish.

Joyce (Johnson) Wallace - Niece Aug 8 2022 3:10 PM

Harley was such a delight, with always a smile and funny comments. Once Harley told us he had fallen in the garden and "just lay there looking at the sky and waiting for Verna to come find me". What a beautiful couple and such deep love. He is smiling and waiting for his love to join him again some day. We were fortunate to have known this wonderful man. Love, Susan and Stuart

Susan Recknagel Aug 8 2022 8:51 AM