Russell Johnson

Russell Lee Johnson, 79, of Vermillion, passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Craig General Hospital in Vinita, OK.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with Pastor Trisha Boese officiating.

Visitation took place at the Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

A committal service will take place at Pleasant Valley Cemetery following the funeral service. Military honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 3061.

Russell was born on Sept. 3, 1932, in Vermillion, to Harold and Ina (Chaney) Johnson. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving with the National Guard in Alaska.

Russell married Marjorie Christenson on March 2, 1963, in Vermillion. He worked for his father for many years as a carpenter, later starting his own carpentry business.  He retired early in life due to poor health.

Russell enjoyed crafts, reading, watching TV westerns, playing BINGO, playing board games with his wife and sister, fishing with his brother-in-law, seeing his grandchildren, and being with his friends.

Russell is survived by his wife, Marjorie Johnson; his daughter, Nancy (Steve) Donahue of Garland, TX; his son, Roy (Louise) Johnson of Austin, TX; his grandchildren, Erick Donahue, Alyssa Donahue, and Dylan Johnson; his brother, Warren (Pat) Johnson of Yankton; his sister, Janette Hackney of Vermillion; numerous nieces nephews and his special friend, "Skitter."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ina Johnson; his parents-in-law, Harold and Blanche Christenson; his brother-in-law, Lyle Hackney; and his sister-in-law, Marlene Wilhem.

Services are entrusted to Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion.

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