Milton S. JohnsonMilton S. Johnson, 84, Silver Bay, passed away on Oct. 30, 2009, of complications of prostate cancer at the home of his daughter in Two Harbors.
Milton S. Johnson, 84, Silver Bay, passed away on Oct. 30, 2009, of complications of prostate cancer at the home of his daughter in Two Harbors.
He was born to Knute and Borghild Johnson Sept. 11, 1925 in Two Harbors. He graduated from Two Harbors High School with the class of 1943. On his 18th birthday, Milton enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943 where he served for 2 1/2 years in the South Pacific. He was present at the first flag rising at Guam where he remained through the 81st day of Japanese resistance, eventually returning to send the Japanese troops back to their native land. He then served in China until an honorable discharge March 23, 1946.
Upon his return to Two Harbors, he worked for the D.M.I.R., on ore boats and attended the University of Minnesota Duluth. Milton married Coral Johnson on April 2, 1949, and moved to Silver Bay in 1953 where they lived and raised a family.
Milton then worked for Oglebay Norton Company during the planning of Reserve Mining then transferred to Reserve Mining Purchasing Department in 1951 where he advanced to manager of purchasing until his retirement in 1984.
Milton was member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Disabled American Veterans, and Taconite Lodge 342. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, where he served as Worshipful Master from 1970-1971.
He was also Associate Guardian of Job’s Daughters for several years, past president of Silver Bay Mens Club, past president of Lake Superior Association of Purchasing Agents, trustee for the Reserve Salaried Employees Insurance and a member of Sychar Lutheran Church. Milton was a past member of the Northshore Barbershop Chorus and volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program in the Silver Bay area. Milton was a great steward of the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish. He helped form the Silver Bay Rifle and Pistol Club. He was a federal firearms dealer and enjoyed attending many shows and trapshoots. Milton enjoyed hunting for, and selling, treasures at flea markets.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth (Bogo) Johnson.
He is survived by beloved wife Coral and his seven children; Sandra (Gene) Gangestad of Two Harbors, Terri (Orwoll) Edeen of Saginaw, Mark (Suzan) Johnson of Duluth, Sherry (Larry) Gilbert of Two Harbors, David (Maren) Johnson of Rochester, Daniel (Sue Walters) Johnson of St. Cloud and Steven (Susan) Johnson of East Bethel, Minn; Thirteen grandchildren, Dr. Angelina (Jeffry Hexter) Gangestad, Scott (Jennifer) Havlick, Stephanie (Zac) Bentz, Shane Johnson, Christina Gilbert, Andrew (Teather) Gangestad, Anissa (Leo) Lukas, Andrea (Aaren) Peterson, Amanda (Steve) Kaster, Bradley Johnson, Cindy Johnson, Lyndsey Johnson and Steven Johnson; Ten great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family of Milton S. Johnson would like to thank St. Luke’s Hospice (Linda and Val) for their excellent care while he was ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Private services and Internment in Lakeview Cemetery in Two Harbors Saturday. Arrangements by Cavallin Funeral Home.