John Johnson, 1919-2018

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Funeral services for John R. Johnson, 99, of Albert Lea will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Revs. Kent Otterman and Tom Ebert will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at

John Johnson

John died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

John R. Johnson was born Nov. 1, 1919, in Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Peter and Caroline (Lillifloren) Johnson. He attended school in Kelliher.

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On Nov. 14, 1944, John was united in marriage to Dolores Bond in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada.

John served in the Canadian Provost Corps (military police) during World War II from 1942 to 1946. Immediately following his service in the war, he worked as a member of the police force in Regina, Saskatchewan.

In 1946 the couple moved to Glenville, where they farmed. He also worked at King Seeley as a molder and material handler. John enjoyed watching baseball, working on his farm and spending time with family.

John is survived by his wife, Dolores; son, Terry (Phyllis) Johnson; daughter, Carol Walls; eight grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Caroline; brothers Albert Anderson, Clarence Anderson and Kenneth Anderson; sister, Mabel Palmer; and sons-in-law Bob Nelsen and John Walls.