Lloyd Donald "Don" Johnson, 86, of Milaca, formerly of Burnsville and Akeley, MN, died June 18. Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 5 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Gorecki Guest House - St. Cloud or Trinity Lutheran Church Women (TLCW).
Don was born in Omaha, NE on February 14, 1932, to Lloyd and Mildred Johnson. Growing up, Don lived in many cities in the Midwest. He attended high school in Huron, SD where he participated in football, basketball, and excelled in track. During this time he developed his passion for the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing. After graduation and a year at the University of South Dakota, he joined the Air Force. While serving in the Korean War, he was stationed in Korea and Japan. He participated in many international track events where he set records in both the high and low hurdles. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Aberdeen, SD, to continue his education at Northern State University.
Don met his wife Nancy Feigum in Aberdeen in 1956 and they were married two years later on May 31, 1958. They recently celebrated their 60thwedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren. The Johnsons lived in Moline, IL, Burnsville, MN, and Englewood, CO. While in Colorado, Don loved to spend time hunting elk in the mountains with family and friends. Upon retirement, Don and Nancy moved to their cabin near Akeley, Minnesota. For 25 years they enjoyed living on Williams Lake, where they made a lifetime of memories entertaining family and friends. Seven years ago, Don and Nancy moved to Milaca where they reside on the Rum River. Even after his stroke in 2012, Don continued to love spending time with his kids and grandchildren, and he never lost his excellent sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, their three children and five grandchildren: Jeffrey (Walker and Christian) of Edina, MN, Jon and Julie (Kate and Jess) of Sioux Falls, SD and Julie Points (Max) of Arvada, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister, Nancy McMahan, and numerous brothers and sisters in- law.