Oscar Johnson, 94, of Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 19, 2006

Funeral services for Oscar M. Johnson, age 94, of Albert Lea will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. Paul Aldrich will officiate. Interment will be in the Hayward Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church.

Oscar died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

Oscar Milton Johnson was born in Albert Lea Township to Charles and Sarah (Westland) Johnson on Oct. 28, 1911. He attended school in Hayward. On June 7, 1936, Oscar married Sheila Knudson at Hayward Lutheran Church with the Rev. Andrew Nordaune officiating. He was engaged in farming in Freeborn County and was in the purebred hog business for 15 years. Oscar served on the Hayward Elevator Board, the township board, and the school board. In 1967, Oscar and Sheila moved to Deer River, where he raised Hereford cattle. Oscar was a lover of livestock and took pride in keeping good quality cattle. In 1974, he retired and the couple moved to Albert Lea, where he lived the rest of his life. Oscar bowled in the A Bowling League for 30 years and was the last living bowler of all A League bowlers.

Survivors include his wife; sons, LeMar Johnson of Exeland, Wis., and Dean and wife, Sandy Johnson of Albert Lea; grandchildren: Terri and husband, Brett Hammer of Mounds View, LeeAnn and husband, Steve O’Sell of Chaska, Brenda and husband, Jeff Donahe of Owatonna, Dustin and wife, Shelley Johnson of Duluth, and Penny and husband, Blane Hammer of Albert Lea; great-grandchildren: Nicole, Jacob, and Mitchell O’Sell, Tyler and Shelby Hammer, Dillon and Abby Donahe, Freja and Naomi Johnson, and Mason and Brock Hammer.

Oscar was preceded in death by a son in infancy; his parents; and two sisters and a brother-in-law.

Memorials preferred to the Zion Lutheran Church elevator fund. Blessed be his memory.