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Henry Johnson

June 13, 1921-Feb. 15, 2010

Henry Elmer Johnson, 88, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Monday, February 15, 2010 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Services for Henry are set for 11 a.m. Friday, February 19 at Faith Free Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lincoln Park Assisted Living in Detroit Lakes. Burial will be in the spring at Ada, Minn.

Henry was born to Jalmer and Nettie (Helgerson) Johnson on June 13, 1921 in Detroit Lakes. He graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1939. From 1939 until 1942, Henry worked in Bemidji as a public accountant.

In 1942 Henry enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy. He was discharged in 1945. After his discharge Henry enrolled in Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Ga.

Upon graduation from college, Henry felt called to attend seminary. He attended the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia. His first pastorate was in Bucks County, Pa., and he served there until 1965.

Henry served with the American Board of Missions to the Jewish people from 1965-1975 in Pittsburg, Pa. From 1975 to 1977 he worked as a supply minister in Pennsylvania and in Ohio. He served as pastor at the Lednum Street Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C., from 1977 to 1986. He retired to Detroit Lakes in 1986.

Henry was very active. He would walk and jog five miles a day until knee surgery slowed him down. He also enjoyed traveling, especially his trips to Europe, where he was able to apply his studies in Greek, French, German and Latin. Henry will always be remembered by his family and his many dear friends at Faith Free Lutheran for his outgoing personality and giving nature.

Surviving Henry are his sister-in-law, Edith Johnson of Ada and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Jalmer; and sisters May, Thelma, Hatty and Edla.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Henry may be shared online at