|Wallace Johnson, 87|
|Written by TRF Times|
Bemidji - Wallace M. “Wally” Johnson, 87, died on Sunday, May 1, 2005 at his home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Funeral services were held on Friday, May 6 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, with Pastors Mark Papke Larson and Ollie Urdahl leading the service. Casketbearers included grandsons, Matt Wiesner, Mike Wiesner, Ryan Weber, Shane Johnson and Casey Johnson.
He was born June 19, 1917 in Newfolden, the son of Alfred and Caroline (Stamnes) Johnson. He grew up and spent the greater portion of his life in Newfolden, living only one block away from the house in which he was born. In his youth Wally joined the CMTC, Civilian Military Training Corps, attended training camp at Fort Snelling in St. Paul and participated in the National rifle matches at Camp Perry in Ohio in 1939.
After high school he attended business college in Grand Forks, ND. Upon completion, he joined his father’s business working for Standard Oil. When his father retired in 1948, Wally became the new Standard Oil bulk agent in Newfolden. When he opted for early retirement in 1976 completing 28 years of service as a bulk agent, he and or his father had worked for the company a total of 63 years.
In the early 1940’s, as WWII commenced, he felt compelled to support the war effort and joined the work force at the Lockhead Aircraft factory in Glendale, CA. He went on to serve his country as a member of the United States Army Aircorps participating in campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Upon returning home from the war, he met his future bride, Goldie Jacobson, who was rooming with the Johnson family while teaching 1st and 2nd grade. Wally and Goldie were united in marriage on June 18, 1947. They continued to live, work and raise their four children in Newfolden.
During this time he served as a member of the school board for 10 years, as a volunteer fireman for more than 20 years, 11 of those years as Fire Chief, was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and later New Hope Lutheran Church. They also maintained a cabin on Lake Movil in the Bemidji area and enjoyed spending summers with extended family members and friends who either resided or had summer cabins on the same lake. Their cabin was later replaced by a year round home which eventually became their permanent residence. Wally was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed sharing these activities with family, friends and especially his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Goldie of Bemidji; daughters, Diane (Gary) Wiesner of Burlington, Wis., Nancy (Bob) Weber of Fond du Lac, Wis., Sheri Johnson of Bemidji; son, Dean (Celinda) Johnson of Grand Rapids; 11 grandchildren; and one brother, Jay Johnson of Bemidji.
He was preceded in death by parents, sisters Eunice Karvonen, Eva Streeter and Irene Wilimek.