Lester Johnson, 86, of Wakonda, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital.
Lester was born July 13, 1926 in Hooker, SD to Thomas and Ella (Andahl) Johnson. He graduated from the Centerville High School and attended South Dakota State University and also served in the Army during WWII. He married Beverly Oursland on June 4, 1950 in Volin, and the couple farmed and raised livestock for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Arnold and an infant brother.
He is survived by his wife Beverly, of Wakonda; three sons, Dennis (Donna) Johnson of Coon Rapids, MN, Douglas (Lorie) Johnson of Aberdeen, and Duane (Michelle) Johnson of Vermillion; and a daughter, Diane (Mick) Ramey of Cottage Grove, MN; two sisters, Ruth Ostrem of Medina, MN, and Louise (Dorwin) Larsen of Flat Rock, NC; two brothers, Eldon (Nory) Johnson of Vermillion, and Kenny (Lois) Johnson of Litchfield, MN; and a sister-in-law, Sylvia Johnson of Vermillion. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Wakonda, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. hansenfuneralhome.com.