|3/19/2021 1:57:00 PM|
Merlin Wilmere Johnson, 96, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 11, 2021 at the Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing in St Croix Falls, WI. He was born November 1, 1924 in rural Amery, WI to Arthur and Annie Johnson.
He is survived by his wife Rosella “Sally”, also surviving are daughters Connie Bayle, Kim Johnson, and Kelly (Bob) Stejskal; grandchildren, Tristan (Mizuho) Pratt, Bridgette (Victor) Centillo and Phillip Bayle, Jen (Christian Foust) and Sam (Erin Hennessy) Feske, Kendra Stejskal and Hannah (Calin) Scott; six great grandchildren; brother Gerald and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Dale, Carol and Vernal.
Merlin met his wife Sally at a community dance, they married on July 22, 1950 and continued dancing together throughout their 70 years together.
Merlin led a full life. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and Local 49er. Most of his career, he was a large equipment operator cutting interstate highways through farmlands of the Midwest. He worked with the construction outfits McLean-Astleford, Shafer, and Cross Country. Merlin enjoyed travels with his wife, relatives and friends, caring for his family, gardening and taking a turn around the dance floor.
He will be remembered for his insatiable appetite for news, local history, coffee and peaches. His kind, hospitable spirit will be missed by many who knew him.
Services will be held at a future time when the health and safety of attendees can be better accommodated. In lieu of memorials, call your mother, play a round of cards with friends, or take your loved one for a spin around the living room. Stay well and be kind. Condolences can be sent to Grandstrand Funeral Home of Osceola, www.granstrandfh.com