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Harry Franklin Johnson, 88

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Harry Franklin Johnson, age 88, of Hastings, died peacefully at Augustana Care Center in Hastings on Wednesday, June 26, after an exhausting battle with Parkinson's.

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He was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Afton Township, to Joseph and Mary (Fisher) Johnson. Being large in stature, he left school in the 8th grade to help on his family's farm. He later was employed by HD Hudson Mfg. Co. in Hastings where he retired 42 years later.

He married Jean Marie Otto, a resilient widow of six children, on June 30, 1956, and had two subsequent children. He was a simple man, quiet and compassionate, providing unconditional love to his wife and children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; parents; brothers William and Robert; and sister Hattie.

He will be deeply missed by his children, Gary (Betty) Ginther, Peggy (Alan) Paxton, Carol (Dan) Schroeder, John (Liz) Ginther, George Ginther, Ginger (Dan) Wipperfurth, Patty (Jeff) Langenfeld, and William Johnson; his sister Marie Anderson of River Falls; along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, with 1 hour visitation prior to the service. Interment following at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com.

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