March 8, 1932-March 11, 2012
BALATON - Services for Everette E. Johnson, 80, of Balaton will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Victory Christian Church in Balaton. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. today at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton, with a luncheon served immediately following the burial in the church social hall. The Almlie Family Funeral Homes of Balaton, Tracy and Westbrook are in charge of the arrangements.
He died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at his home in Balaton.
Everette Eugene Johnson was born March 8, 1932, to Evert and Gladys (Johnson) Johnson in Tyler, Lincoln County. He was baptized on April 10, 1932, and confirmed Zion Lutheran Church on June 1, 1947. He grew up on a farm south of Balaton and attended Balaton Public Schools, graduating from Balaton High School in 1950. He then farmed with his father for several years.
On April 12, 1952, Everette married Mavis Fuhrmann and they made their home near Balaton. In September of 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served until June of 1954, during which Everette was stationed in Korea for a year. While in the service his wife lived in Augusta, Ga., and Colorado Springs, Colo., until his honorable discharge, when they returned to the Balaton area and resumed farming. In 1959 they purchased their own farm and continued to live there until they moved into Balaton in 2004. Mavis died on Aug. 19, 2010, and Everette continued to live in their home.
He was a member of the Victory Christian Church. A farmer all his life, Everette also enjoyed playing bass guitar, entertaining many people and serving his church in a ministry of music for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Rock Lake Township Board for 21 years, enjoyed playing horseshoe, going camping, and building horse drawn buggies.
Survivors include his three sons, Evan (and Pamela) Johnson and Lonny (and Diane) Johnson, both of Balaton, and Terry (and Julie) Johnson of Brooklyn Park; six grandchildren, Melissa (and Cory) Dudgeon, Travis (and Holly) Johnson, Evar, Brita, Christopher, and Sarah Johnson; one step-granddaughter, Alisha Duthoy; four great-grandsons, Chase Johnson, Cade, Caleb, and Braxton Dudgeon; one brother, Darvin (and Beverly) Johnson of Slayton; and nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis, granddaughter, Gretchen, parents, and sister, Vivian Stewart.