Howard Johnson, 1945-2017

Published 1:00 am Monday, November 13, 2017

Funeral services for Howard D. Johnson, 72, of Clarks Grove will be at 3 p.m. today at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. The Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemen’s organizations. A private family interment will happen at a later date. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and will be one hour prior to the service at the church today. Online condolences are welcome at

Howard Johnson

Howard died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at his residence.

Howard David Johnson was born Jan. 2, 1945, in Albert Lea, the son of Harry and Donna (Helland) Johnson.

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He grew up and attended school in Albert Lea. Howard served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

On July 2, 1988, Howard married Sharon B. Smith.

He worked for many years as a plumber for Jim and Dude’s. Howard was a member of Central Freeborn Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking.

Howard is survived by his wife, Sharon; children Kevin (Misty), Angie, Kenneth (Michelle), Peggy, Holly Faust and Eric Smith; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary, Carolyn, Sue and Patricia; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Donna; wife, Barbara; sister, Sara; brother-in-law, Gene; and nephew, Donald.