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Melvin Johnson

Melvin Eugene Johnson

Saturday, April 28th, 1928 - Saturday, February 9th, 2019
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Melvin Eugene Johnson was born on April 28, 1928 outside Terril, IA to John and Ruth (Webb) Johnson. When he was a teenager his family bought a farm SW of Estherville. Melvin went to High School at Oak Park Academy in Nevada, IA where he later met Lillian Ruth Severson. They were united in marriage on May 4th, 1952 in Nashua, IA at The Little Brown Church. Melvin moved his bride back to his parent’s farm and he built a home for them next door to his parents. While they lived there, their two daughters were born. Cindy Jean born in June, 1953 and Sandra Ann in November, 1954. They lived and farmed around Estherville until March, 1965 when they moved to Rural Terril to farm. Melvin built another house in the town of Terril in 1978 but didn’t move into it until 1985 when he retired from farming. He lived there until August 2016 when he became a resident of Pearl Valley.

Melvin enjoyed customizing his Oliver tractors and entering them into tractor pulls, which he was quite good at. After he retired he enjoyed multiple walks around Terril making the same daily pit stops to rest or visit.

Melvin was a life-long member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lillian of Terril, his daughters, Cindy (Craig) Prentice, Spencer, IA and Sandra (Dave) Moyes, Cottontown, TN, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother, Delbert.

Melvin is preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson, Cameron.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
    Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church
    1910 10th Ave. East
    SPENCER, IA 51301
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 11:00am
    Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church
    1910 10th Ave. East
    SPENCER, IA 51301
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Kent Dunwoody
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
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Williams Family

Posted at 10:00am
Condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace.

Dale and Bert Nelson

Posted at 06:39pm
So very sorry for the loss of your loved one .

The Korrect Family - Dan, Lindsey, Jerry, Linda, A

Posted at 11:11am
With heartfelt condolences,
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The Korrect Family - Dan, Lindsey, Jerry, Linda, A purchased the Peaceful White Lilies Basket for the family of Melvin Johnson.


Keith & Diane Van Kleek

Posted at 06:06pm
Cindy and family, So sorry to hear of Mel,s passing. I have many fond memories over the years with my dad being in a silage chopping ring with Mel. Always enjoyed his tractors all duded up! As a kid I always thought it was really cool what he did with them especially the mirrors in the rims. God bless you all!

JoAnn & Leon Stoermer

Posted at 12:04pm
Sandra and family, Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all your family.

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