Lloyd LeRoy Johnson, age 103 of Litchfield, MN died on Friday January 3, 2020 at the Meeker Manor in Litchfield, MN. A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 PM on Tuesday January 7, 2020 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church.
Lloyd (LeRoy) Johnson, Born March 20, 1916 Died January 3, 2020, 103 years 9 months 14 days (This is what he would tell you if you asked him how old he was, always kept track.) LeRoy was born 4th in line, (Mildred, Chester, Kenneth, LeRoy, Amy, and Dorothy) to John Sern Johnson and Anne Serena (Sandstrom) Johnson. John S., as he was known, was sent alone at the age of 9 on a boat from Denmark to meet his uncle in America, who promised him a farm. After John’s marriage to Anne, they settled on a farm four miles west of Rosendale, where all six of his children were delivered by a midwife (Mrs. Augustineson). LeRoy was baptized and confirmed at the Rosendale Methodist Church where he had attended for many years. After completing 8th grade at the age of 15, LeRoy left home to join the working world. His first job was as a farmhand working for Nellard Stenberg for $10.00 a month plus room and board. The next farms he worked at were with Hjalmer Nelson, Albert Bendixson, Andreas Knutson, and Willie Hanson. At age 20 (1937) he ordered 2 wedding rings and a beautiful diamond ring (that his daughter in law still wears) for $20.00 from Montgomery Ward catalog. Then, he married Edna Schiro at the Methodist Parsonage in Kandiyohi. They welcomed their first son DelRoy in 1937 and then their second son, ElRoy four years later. The family lived on a farm by Kandiyohi from 1938-1943 and next at a farm by Rosendale from 1943-1959. He purchased the 120 acre farm by Rosendale for $8,000. He secured the loan from Mr. Hallberg using his 2 sons for “collateral”. Mr. Hallberg said they were each worth a million. Then they moved to Hutchinson and LeRoy worked at Rutz Plumbing and Heating as well as Glencoe Plumbing and Heating from 1959-1975. LeRoy moved to Litchfield in 1975-2020. During later years he did handyman jobs working with Curtis Nelson as well as many hours at his son’s cabin cutting trees, building retaining walls, and a little bit of fishing! A day before moving to Meeker Manor he was digging potatoes during this past summer!
He is survived by one son, DelRoy (Patty) of Lake Francis. Grandchildren (6): Dalen (Roxanne) Johnson, Scott Johnson, Melissa Johnson, Daren (Kristi) Johnson, Devon (Mark) Johnson, Darcy (Vincent) Hokkanen. Great Grandchildren (24): Dominic Johnson, Danielle Johnson, Dustin (Miya) Johnson, Dayna (Daniel) Hill, Marlissa (Jake) Carpenter, Joshua (Kelsey) Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Matilyn Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Andrew (Jessica) Johnson, Austin (Haley) Johnson, Laura Johnson, Quentin Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Josiah Johnson, Kaleb Hokkanen, Addyson Hokkanen, and Maria (Chadwick) Christianson. Great Great Grandchildren (10): Samariha Johnson, Xzavier Christianson, Logan, Landan, LeeAnna Jo, Henry Johnson, Jace Johnson, Alex Johnson, Maevyn Carpenter, and Melody Hill. Great Great Great Grandson (1): Parker Dengerud. Honorary granddaughter and caregiver Jessica Jensrud and one sister Dorothy that is living in Champlin.
LeRoy is preceded in death by his parents John S. and Anne, wife Edna, son ElRoy, brothers Chester and Kenneth, sisters Mildred and Amy. His son DelRoy’s and Patty’s three stillborn children. In addition triplet Great Great Granddaughters Una Mei Jean, Arielle Grace and Elizabeth Rose.
The interment will be at Arndahl Cemetery at a later date. Following services, family and friends are invited for a time of fellowship and light super. DelRoy and Patty wish to thank the nurses at Meeker Manor for their loving care and especially his special nurse/angel Taylor Schmit. Also the Hospice care for their fast response.