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Harold Johnson

Oct. 29, 1925-April 9, 2012

Harold L. "Smoky" Johnson, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday April 9, 2012 at Essentia Health-Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Harold L. Johnson was born to Theodore and Annie (Westberg) Johnson on October 29, 1925 in Manitoba Junction, Minn. He spent most of his youth on the family farm one mile west of Audubon. He met Doris Swapp and they were married in June of 1946 at the First Lutheran Church parsonage in Audubon.

They made their home in Detroit Lakes, where Harold went to work for the Becker County Highway Department. He worked there until 1956, when he took a job with Peter's Meat Products. He worked for them until they went out of business in 1972. He then started his own meat sales route, selling Ambassador Meat. He sold that route and retired in 1996.

Surviving Harold are three daughters, Susan (Thomas) Disse, Vikki Jo (Doug) Johnson and Kimberly (Brian) Benscoter, all of Detroit Lakes; three sons, Terry (Susan) Johnson of Audubon, Gregory (Deb) Johnson of St. Cloud and Danny Johnson of Detroit Lakes; son-in-law, Jerry (Kathy) Disse of Detroit Lakes; 18 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; two sisters, Arlene (Arlen) Restad of Eagan, Minn., and Elaine Oss, of Elk River, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Mardy Murphy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Nov. 2, 1999); one daughter, Nancy Disse; an infant son, Joey; an infant grandson, Matthew Disse; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Smoky was a baseball legend in the Detroit Lakes area, where he played amateur baseball for many years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, camping, and time spent with his family. He will be dearly missed by many.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment in the First Lutheran Church Cemetery, Audubon.

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