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Dale R. Johnson

Obituary Information

Service Details


Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Time: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and one hour before at the church

Location: Worlein Funeral Home - Austin


Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church
rural Austin


Red Oak Grove Lutheran Cemetery



Dale Russell Johnson, age 78, died Wednesday evening, June 4, 2014 at his farm in Newry Township, Freeborn County, Minnesota. Dale was born December 13, 1935 to Joel and Olga (Christianson) Johnson in Freeborn County where he lived his entire life. He was a lifelong member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Dale married Karen Olsen on May 21, 1960 at First Methodist Church in Albert Lea. Dale and Karen farmed their entire married life. They developed the Kar-Dale Holstein herd of registered Holsteins. When Dale’s health prevented him from working with the Holsteins, he went into restoring and collecting toy tractors and pedal tractors. He enjoyed all the people he met at these different events. Dale will be remembered for the love he had for his family and friends, but his love for his Savior, Jesus Christ, gave Dale the peace that only He can give.

Survivors include his wife Karen Johnson of rural Austin; his son Robert (Kathie) Johnson of Sioux City, IA, daughter-in-law Brenda Johnson of Blooming Prairie, step-granddaughter Kendall (Taylor) Hansen of St. Ansgar, IA, step-grandson Kyle Diggins of Austin, 4 step great-grandchildren Jolene and Blair, Kylee and Averie; his sister-in-law Kathy Palmer of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents Joel and Olga Johnson, his son Joel (Joey) Johnson, his brother James and James’ wife Donna.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with Pastor Lindsay Stolen officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday June 7 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Memorials in Dale’s memory can be directed to the family or to recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.


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