Laurel F. Johnson, age 88, of Arnolds Park, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was born on February 8, 1924, in Gowrie, Iowa, to Reuben and Vernie (Carlson) Johnson.
Laurel graduated from Gowrie High School in 1942. He served his country in the United States Navy. Laurel was united in marriage to Kathlyn Moore on July 4, 1944, in Kanawha, Iowa. She passed away on February 3, 2012.
Laurel worked for Pure Fishing for 62 years in Spirit Lake. He really didn't consider it work. He truly enjoyed being around all of his co-workers. Laurel took great pride in fixing things. He enjoyed spending his free time woodworking and carving.
Laurel is survived by his two children, Lynn Johnson of Arnolds Park, and Stephen Johnson of Lake Crystal, Minnesota; four grandchildren; and a sister, Darlene Eklund of Gowrie. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a sister, Marie Dettman.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30A.M. Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Spirit Lake.
The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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