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Waldo Johnson

Waldo Johnson

June 14, 1924-April 4, 2013

Waldo T. Johnson, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Cottages of Ecumen in Detroit Lakes.

Waldo T. Johnson was born to Charles and Eva (Gire) Johnson on June 14, 1924 in Richwood Township. He grew up, attended Richwood Country School, and helped on the family farm.

He served in the U.S. Army with the 13-94th Engineering Company, operating heavy machinery in the Philippines from 1945-1946 during World War II.

On Jan. 12, 1951 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Grossman in Detroit Lakes. They lived in Little Canada, Minn., and Waldo drove truck for Consolidated Freightways. They later moved to Detroit Lakes, where they purchased the Castaway Motel and Resort on Big Detroit Lake.

Over the years Waldo owned and operated several businesses, including Lakes Ford, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lakes Sanitation and Lakes Excavating. He also leased and operated the Becker County Landfill. Waldo was also involved in many land development projects in the area.

Waldo enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and flying. He owned several planes, which he used on many of his adventures, including moose hunting in Ontario, fishing in the Arctic, and visiting his cabin on Lake of the Woods.

Surviving Waldo are his son, Robb Johnson of Fargo; three grandchildren, Noah, Logan and Brooklyn Johnson; one brother, Charles (Marjorie) Johnson of Olivia, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, James Johnson; and one sister, Donna Livingood.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 at Richwood Lutheran Church, rural Detroit Lakes, with interment in Richwood Lakeside Cemetery, Richwood.

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