Roland Johnson, 81, of Bricelyn

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Roland D. Johnson, age 81, of Bricelyn, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 13, at Bricelyn Lutheran Church. The Revs. Edward Nieman and Patricia Hinkie will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn and one-hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by the Bricelyn American Legion Post.

Roland D. Johnson was born Aug. 28, 1924, the son of Otis G. and Olive R. (Lura) Johnson in Bricelyn. He was baptized on Oct. 5, 1924, and confirmed on May 14, 1939, at Bricelyn Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member. Roland graduated from Bricelyn High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He

received a Purple Heart and was honorably discharged on Dec. 20, 1945. He worked on a pipeline then worked in Bricelyn with Bert Elvestrom in a gas station a few years; then ran the Legion Club. He moved to Lowry, Minn. and had his own business. He returned to Bricelyn and worked at Winnebago Industries Inc. in Forest City, Iowa, until his retirement. He enjoyed deer hunting, football and baseball games, and playing cards with friends and family. He also enjoyed having coffee and visiting at &8220;Buds Caf&8221; in Bricelyn and the &8220;Elbow Room&8221; in Albert Lea.

Roland is survived by one brother: Dale (wife Valoris) Johnson of Red Wing; two sisters, Margaret (husband Orville) Courrier of Walters and Mary (husband Victor) Nelson of Albert Lea; one sister-in-law, Darlene Johnson of Bricelyn; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Bonnie Joy and her husband Chic Joy and one brother Richard Johnson.