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Merlin Johnson

Merlin Johnson

Saturday, October 15th, 1921 - Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
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Obituary

The funeral service for Merlin Johnson, 98, of Minneota, will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minneota. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue on Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Interment will follow the service at Westerheim Cemetery in Westerheim Township.

Merlin passed away at the Minneota Manor on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Merlin John Johnson was born on October 15, 1921, in Westerheim Township, to Adelstein and Anne (Esping) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school until the 8th grade. He then attended the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris where he graduated in 1940.

In 1946, Merlin married Florence Kuchera in Ivanhoe and spent the rest of his life with her. They lived on the home farm where they raised their four children. In 2017, they moved to the Madison Avenue Apartments in Minneota.

Merlin was a very active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, a member of the Westerheim Cemetery Board and a member of the Lutheran Brotherhood. His interests included not only farming, but hunting and trapping on his land in younger years, and later, watching his children, grand-children, and great grand-children grow. Along with his pride for his family, Merlin was proud of his Icelandic heritage and was able to travel with his son to Iceland in 2001. He was also made an honorary member of the Icelandic Association of Minnesota.

Merlin, Merlie, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa will be remembered as a humble, smart man who loved to listen, visit and always interjected a little humor into his stories.

Merlin is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Florence; son, Ken (Jan) Johnson of Foley; daughters, Pat Brennecke of Mahtomedi, Denise (Mike) Ahmann of Minneota, Gail (Don) Yutrzenka of Argyle; grandchildren, Adam (Holly) Johnson, Luke (Amber) Johnson, Sarah Brennecke, Elliot(Mandy) Brennecke, Claire (Kevin) Brennecke, Abby (Joe) Thostenson, Candice Ahmann, and Connor, Lance and Max Yutrzenka; great grandchildren, Zachary and Hannah Johnson, Hudson, Alexis and Ivy Thostenson, and Reeve and Kellen Ahmann; sister-in-law Alta Johnson and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother Clara; brothers, Orlando (Irene) Johnson and Gordon Johnson; sisters, Arlet (Al) Olson, Annabelle (Francis) Claeys and Esther Johnson; sister-in-law Marie (Mike) Karolczak; and grandson Craig Ahmann.

Memorials preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Rehkamp - Horvath Funeral Home - Minneota
    Address
    124 E. 1st St.
    MINNEOTA, MN
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    Notes
    Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday Night
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    Address
    MINNEOTA, MN
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    Notes
    Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday Night
  • Service

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    Address
    MINNEOTA, MN
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    Officiant
    Pastor Lance Isaacson
  • Interment

    Location
    Westerheim Cemetery
    Address
    Westerheim Township, MN 56264
  • Reception

    Location
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
    Address
    MINNEOTA, MN 56264
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Cara, Steve, Dustin, Shawn, Mason, and Rick

Posted at 10:23am
Gail, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the memories of your Dad bring you peace and serenity.
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Juana Cruz

Posted at 06:08pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (Romans 15:13; John 5:28, 29).
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