M. GLENN JOHNSON, 81, of Jackson, formerly of Stewart, passed away at the Jackson Good Samaritan Center on Sunday, February 14, 2010. Funeral service will be in the United Church of Christ in Estelline with Pastor Deven Edinger officiating on Friday, 2-19-10, at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Clear Lake, South Dakota.
Visitation will be on Thursday at the Giese funeral Home in Estelline from 3 to 5 PM and on Friday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.
MARTIN GLENN “BILL” JOHNSON was born on October 17, 1927 in Dempster, South Dakota, the son of MM and Bessie (McLaughlin) Johnson. He attended country school in Hamlin County, South Dakota and later graduated from Estelline High School in 1945. After graduation, he worked at various jobs mainly doing road construction. On February 5, 1961, he was united in marriage to Kay Kaiser in Estelline. Then in 1963, he attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls for 2 years, and then he went to Gupton-Jones Mortuary School in Dallas, Texas, graduating in 1966. He then worked at funeral homes in Chamberlain and Milbank, both in South Dakota. Before owning and operating Johnson Furniture and Stewart Funeral Home in Stewart, Minnesota. In 1978, he moved to Jackson and worked at the Sathe and Son Funeral Home for 13 years. He and Kay then spent winters in Arizona working at flea markets.
Glenn was a member of the United Methodist Church in Jackson. He had enjoyed playing golf and fishing in his younger years and loved to go to the Legion and play cards. He had belonged to the Masons in Brownton, Minnesota.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kay Johnson of Jackson, 2 daughters, Glenice (Rick) Karnes of Mankato, Minnesota and Gena (Walt) Damgaard of Valley Springs, South Dakota, 4 grandchildren, Jeremy Meyer of Middleburg, Florida, Monica Meyer of Mankato, Minnesota, Mallory Meyer of Valley Springs, South Dakota and Bill Foight of Valley Springs, South Dakota, 4 great-grandchildren and 2 nephews, Charles Johnson of Lake Norden, South Dakota and Larry Johnson of Orchard, Colorado.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Howard Johnson.
Blessed be the memory of M. Glenn “Bill” Johnson.