Wallace “Wally” Johnson
NEW ULM – Wallace “Wally” Johnson, 93, of New Ulm died Friday, September 20, 2013 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Timothy Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Cornish Township, Sibley County. Visitation will be 4-7 pm Monday at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Tuesday. Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is in charge of arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for his family go to: www.mvfh.org.
Wallace is survived by his wife, Delores Johnson of New Ulm; daughters, Julie Johnson (Ernest Scholz) of San Francisco, California and Jane Favre of Walnut Creek, California; sons, Randal (Pamela) Johnson of Gibbon and Arlyn (Gail) Johnson of Miami, Florida; grandchildren, Ryan Johnson (Kaylee Brinkman), Ashley (Paul) Warmbold, Anna Johnson, Alice Johnson, and Alexander Johnson; and many nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Anna Johnson, Vivian Nyman, and Mae Leupke; brothers, Carl Johnson and Arthur Axelson; and son-in-law, Jean Claude Favre.
Wallace A. Johnson was born July 2, 1920 on the family farm in West Newton Township, Nicollet County to Jonas Victor and Emma (Olson) Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed at Clear Lake Lutheran Church, Cornish Township, Sibley County and attended country school in District 56. On August 28, 1948, Wallace was united in marriage to Delores Pagel at Bismark Lutheran Church in Winthrop. Wally was a farmer for his entire life, and even continued to help with fall harvest after retiring in 1985. Wally enjoyed fishing, inventing, writing books, collecting arrowheads, and building stone churches. He was a world traveler and loved to research his family history. Wally had a great sense of humor and an immense love of learning. Even at 93, Wally was still learning new things. Wally was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm, the Gem and Mineral Club, and the Farmers Union.