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Wesley J. Johnson

Wesley J. Johnson

Wesley J. Johnson, 84, of Mount Vernon SD died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon SD. Burial will be in the Victor Cemetery in Rural Mount Vernon. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday evening with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at the Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established.

Wesley Jacob Johnson was born January 10, 1930 in the family homestead at rural Mount Vernon to Jacob and Josie (Johnson) Johnson. He attended Victor School. He was baptized on June 30, 1930 and confirmed on April 9, 1944 at Victor Lutheran Church at rural Mount Vernon and was a lifetime member. He was also a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. On March 29, 1953 he married Donna Mae Sowl. They farmed in Davison County until retiring in 2007. He was the treasurer of Blendon Township, on the Cemetery Board for Victor Lutheran Church, served on the Board of Directors for Farmers Union Coop. He enjoyed camping and was a member of the Good Sams Club. He loved his water gun fights with everyone. He was also an avid motorcycle rider on his Gold Wing. We could always find our dad with his hearty laugh. He always enjoyed going to the Johnson Family Reunions family was very important to him. A day never went by that the Johnson family didnt have popcorn. Dad saw to that. Mom and Dad were great Mount Vernon basketball fans. Wesley was very strong in his faith.

They bought the house in Mount Vernon in October 2011 until his failing health brought him and mom to Avera Brady Health and Rehab Center.

He is survived by his loving wife, Donna of 61 years; their children: Deb (Todd) Hofer, Neenah WI, Doug (Janice) Johnson, Mitchell, Renee (Jeff) Schievelbein, Sioux Falls, VaLynda (Bill) Summers, Sayner WI; siblings: Verna (Arlan) Feistner, Mitchell; grandchildren: Angie (Bill) Hanselman, Neenah WI, Chris Hofer and special friend, Katie Lyon, Fort Collins CO, Adam (Nicole) Johnson, Stillwater MN, Sarah (Travis) Hostler, Mount Vernon, Mark (Mikayla) Johnson, Sioux Falls, Mindy (Todd) Wixon, Brookings, Jordan Schievelbein, Sioux Falls, Matthew Schievelbein, Sioux Falls; great-grandchildren: Payton, Chase, Alyssa, Izak, Karter, Oliver and Harlow.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters: Evelyn Merkle, Yvonne Gates, Eunice Lachnit and Darlene Pence.