Wallace “Wally” Johnson

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:31 pm

Wallace “Wally” Johnson, 84, of Mabel, Minn., died Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, Wis. Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel, with the Reverend Elliott Malm officiating. Burial is in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery, with military rites by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, at the Mabel First Lutheran Church and one hour prior to services at the church.

Wally was born June 1, 1931, in Preble Township, Fillmore County, Minn., to Edward and Isabelle (Hilden) Johnson. He was confirmed at the South Fork Church. He graduated from the Mabel High School in 1949. From 1950 to 1970 he served in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Korea, Saudi Arabia, Texas and Hawaii, and worked in communications and then managed the NCO club. In 1954, he married Katherine Scott. They later divorced. In 1967, he married Doris Johnson in Carroll. They later divorced. After retiring from the Air Force he worked for the City of Mabel, operated the “Cougar’s Cage” restaurant, McCabe’s Supper Club, VFW in Decorah, NFO Market in Decorah and Usgaard Smith in Decorah. He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Skyliners Dance Club. Wally enjoyed golfing, playing cards, dancing, socializing and his 50-plus trips to Branson, Missouri.

Wally is survived by special friend, Linda Isenberger; eight children: John (Laurie) Peter of Fonda, Sherry Johnson of Mabel, Pam Johnson (Sandy Christopher) of Mabel, Connie (LeRoy) Kreager of Bella Vista, Ark., Ed (Shelly) Johnson of Suhuarita, Ariz., Patricia (Randy) Graef of Austin, Texas, Don (Deb) Johnson of Zimmerman, Minn. and Dee Ann (Tracy) Peterson of Decorah; 23 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Tony Peter; great-granddaughter, Paige Gallo; great-grandson, Carson Chase; infant great-grandson, Izik Peterson; brothers and sisters: Harvey Johnson, Amy Larson, Elsie Olson, Vivian Stennes, Lorraine Benson, Ione Hanson, Clarence Johnson and Delores Hansen.

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