MEMORIAL SERVICE will be at 11:30 am on Monday, December 22 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the church on Monday.
Memorials to: Mora Masonic Lodge or Eastern Star or Grace Lutheran Church.
Merlin “Merlie” Johnson of Mora, MN, died December 20, 2014, peacefully at home. He was born May 8, 1924 in Milaca MN, to Axel and Esther Johnson. He was raised in Bogus Brook Township with 2 brothers and 3 sisters where he worked the family farm, attended Country School and enjoyed trapping and hunting.
He worked at Princeton Creamery, served 2 years in the U.S. Army in radio communications, followed by Fransen Painting and Decorating. In 1953, with a ninth grade education, he joined his brother Dean to help build Arcon Construction into one of the leading construction firms in the state. He worked tirelessly until 1983. During his 30 years Arcon grew as he led the special projects division – building many bridges and dams and took on many out of the ordinary projects. He loved working side by side with his crew, followed by shaking dice for a drink after work and occasionally a good poker game. He was respected for his loyalty, honesty and hard work ethic.
He married Beatrice Rice in 1952, and raised their three children in Mora. During their marriage they enjoyed traveling to Australia, New Zealand and Alaska, ski trips in Colorado, and summers at the worksites up the North Shore.
In retirement, Merlie & Beatrice bought the Johnson family farm. He had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening and working the land at his beloved “swamp”. Later they returned to Mora and wintered for many years in Mesa, Arizona where Merlie kept busy with the “Handyman’s” club. He was active in the Mora Masonic Lodge, and received his 50 year membership pin, a Vasaloppet Trail captain, skiing many of the early races; and looked forward to the daily coffee gatherings with friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Carl, sisters Nancy and Eleanor, grandson Joseph, daughter-in-law Kathy.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Beatrice; son Steve and his wife Marcia and daughter Anna; daughter Mary; daughter Katy and her son Eric & his wife Samantha, and daughter Hannah; brother Dean; sister, Janice Leith and many nieces and nephews.
Our appreciation to family and friends for your love and support during this difficult time.