May 28, 2023
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Douglas Neil Johnson was called home on July 13, 2023 at the age of 74, surrounded by loved ones. His life was sadly shortened after a long battle with cancer. Doug was born on October 22, 1948 in Rush City, MN to parents Lloyd and Carole Johnson. He grew up on the family dairy farm in Shafer, MN. He attended and graduated from Taylors Falls High School June 1966. That fall he attended Pine City Vocational Technical School. After graduating the next fall, he enlisted in the United States Navy for four years. He served during the Vietnam War but his ship was never sent there. He was honorably discharged from his ship in January 1972. After settling back in Minnesota, he attended Minneapolis Vocational Technical School for two years learning the sheet metal and heating trade. He worked for C.O. Carlson Heating and Air Conditioning for 35 years, retiring as shop foreman.