John Vernon Johnson


November 28, 1919 - January 3, 2009




John Vernon Johnson was born November 28, 1919, near Ethan, SD, to Joseph and Julia (Tobin) Johnson. He served in the US Navy during World War II from July 30, 1940 until August 12, 1946. He served on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and also the USS North Hampton at Guadalcanal, both ships being sunk.  On May 3, 1946, he married Lorraine Freidel at Ethan. They lived in the Mitchell and Ethan area for many years until moving to Spring Grove, MN in April of 2006. He was a longtime member of the Ethan American Legion.


He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; six children: Roland Johnson of Spring Grove, MN, Julie Stranger of Ethan, SD, Mari Jo Clark and husband, Courtney  of Binghamton, NY, Laurice Johnson and wife, Mona of Rapid City, SD, Lisa Munger of Spring Grove, MN, Amy Frydenlund and husband, Al of Spring Grove, MN; one brother, Wayne Johnson and wife, Helen of Salem, OR; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Johnson of Huron, SD;  twenty-three grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Myrl, Roland and Eugene, one sister, Goldie Seiders, one son, Joseph John and one granddaughter, Nicole.  



To Be Announced


Wednesday, January 7, 2009
2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Black Hills National Cemetery
Friday, January 9, 2009 ~ 11:00 AM
Sturgis, South Dakota

Posted by Colleen Stadlman, Summerset SD on January 7, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Rejoice that our heavenly father did not take John on that tragic day in 1941 but many many years later.
Posted by Larry & Tamara Perry on January 6, 2009
We wish to express our sympathy to the Johnson family on the death of your loved one..may his memory be cherished & his soul rest in peace..
Posted by Kenny Norwick on January 6, 2009
My thoughts & prayers are with John's family and friends as we all mourn the passing of John. He truly was a great father, husband, grandpa, uncle and hero to us all. The things John did for so many people, including our nation, will never be forgotten and hopefully will be duplicated by others to carry on his caring and hard work. We love you John.
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