Obituaries Delmar 'Bud' Johnson

Delmar "Bud" Johnson, 78, of Vermillion, died Monday, Oct. 18, 1999 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Bud was born Aug. 7, 1921 in Westerville to Harry and Ethel (Jamison) Johnson. He attended the Westerville country school. He married Vera Mayer on July 11, 1943 in Hopkinsville, KY. He entered the U.S. Army and served during WWII at Normandy Beach. After the war, he worked as a mechanic in Wakonda for many years before moving to Salt Lake City, UT in 1958.

He operated his own Phillips 66 station in Salt Lake, and in 1960, he moved back to South Dakota, where he continued part-time work at a Phillips 66, and began managing apartments in the area. He and his wife managed apartments in the area up until 1984, when they retired and returned once again to Wakonda.

Bud received the Normandy Medal of Jubilee of Liberty for his service at Normandy. He was a member of the Vermillion VFW, and the Gingrich Dixon Post #13 of the American Legion in Wakonda.

He is survived by his wife: Vera of Vermillion; four sons: Gary and his wife Julie of Wakonda, Ron of Vermillion, Greg and his wife Kathi of Burbank, and Mike and his wife Lisa of Vermillion; two daughters: Cheryl Seney and her husband David of Vermillion, and Janet Carlisle and Don Brose of Alcester; three brothers: Art of Vermillion, Virg of Irene and Phil of Centerville; two sisters: Betty Bendert of Centerville, and Vera Barger of Sioux City, IA; 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

His parents, three brothers and a great-grandson preceded him in death.

Services were 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999 at the United Methodist Church in Wakonda. Burial followed in the Union Cemetery, rural Wakonda, with military graveside rites by the Gingrich Dixon Post #13. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

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