Merrill L. Johnson, age 89, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Military Honors by Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Merrill Luther Johnson was born on January 10, 1933, in Cosmos, Minnesota. He was the son of Carl Theodore and Anna L. Johnson. Merrill was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church Cosmos, MN. Merrill attended District 81 Country School and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1951. Merrill entered active military service in the US Army on March 18, 1953. He served his country in Korea and attained the rank of Sergeant and was discharged on March 18, 1955.
On April 17, 1954, Merrill and Donna (McKenzie) were married at the United Methodist Church in Litchfield, MN. The marriage was blessed with three sons, Michael, Mark and Bruce. Merrill and Donna lived in Hutchinson, Minnesota throughout their 68 years of marriage.
Merrill worked at Sears as a Service Manager, the local John Deere Dealer and in 1959 began his 34-year career with 3M Company where he retired as a Supervisor on February 1st, 1993. Merrill and Donna owned and operated Johnson Jefferson Apartments for 25 years.
Merrill loved his church and was proud to be a charter member of Christ the King Lutheran Church while serving twice on the church council.
Merrill valued spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends at their Lake Minnie Belle cabin. He enjoyed traveling to many places across the United States and Europe. Some of his favorite places included Scotland, Germany, Italy, and England. He was happy restoring and driving his 1937 Pontiac, collecting antique Fiestaware and being on the lake. He enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Merrill had a skill for repair and took pride in completing a difficult task.
Merrill was a member of the Kiwanis Club, American Legion Club, Elks Lodge, Drift Riders Snowmobile Club, Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club and Lake Minnie Belle Homeowners Association.
Merrill passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson, Minnesota, at the age of 89 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Merrill is survived by:
Sons; Michael (Lisa), Mark (Bonnie), Bruce (Stephanie)
Grandchildren; Katie (Tyler) Reddington, Grant (Allison) and Hannah Johnson; Andrew and Evan Johnson
Great Grandchildren; Natalie Johnson
Many Relatives and Friends
Merrill is preceded in death by:
Parents; Carl Theodore and Anna L. Johnson.
Siblings; Geneva Koch, Orville, Naldo and Roger Johnson.