LESTER JAMES JOHNSON JR.

AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME  – MORA

Lester James Johnson, Jr., of Coon Rapids, MN, formerly of Mora died on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  He was 81 years old.

PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICES will be held.

Lester James Johnson Jr. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday October 28, 2015 with his family at his side.  He was 81 years old. 

Lester, known as Les, was born in Beloit, WI to Lester Johnson and Thelma Olson and Les had two siblings, David and Jerry.  After moving to Minneapolis, Les then met Lee. They married in October of 1955 and moved to Coon Rapids, Minnesota.  They had three children, Kim (Mark) Albers, Steve Johnson, Tammy (Greg) Vyskocil.  There are four grandchildren, Jason Abbott, Chris (Brittany) Vyskocil, Cassie Vyskocil, Kayla (Jason) Karr and five great grandchildren, Amber Mannino, Wesley Vyskocil, Sophia Karr, Amelia Karr, and Elijah Vyskocil.

Les has always been in the tool and die industry with plastics.  He was always ambitious and a risk-taker.  He opened his own plastics company that included bins for SA and plastic displays for Target Christmas Villages.

Les was very active with the family and liked the outdoors; he coached softball and basketball for the CRAA.  In fact, he was a competitive man who started way back with his brother Jerry; they would swim all the way across Fish Lake.  Les was an active member in the Lions Club of Coon Rapids and one of the original members to get the Coon Rapids Fourth of July carnival started.  He liked boating, camping and fishing; which would explain the weekends at his Mom and Dad’s house at Fish Lake.  He had a love for golf; Les and the neighbors would be gone before sunrise to get in a round.  Come fall, he was on bowling leagues for years.  Les also raced pigeons for quite some time.  The garage was filled with his pride birds.

There was always something cooking on the weekends with Les.  He was known in the family for his recipe of spaghetti and BBQ’s.

After many illnesses that slowed him down he found a love for movies and had a need to buy all the new releases.  Toward the end of his life, his favorite four that he played were Angels in the Outfield, August Rush, Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood) and Independence Day, but back in the day he had all of the Sylvester Stalone movies.

Les was always a generous, kind and funny man.  He’d tease the nurses that they were hurting him, but instead he was making them both laugh.  Kim and Tammy were known as “Trouble” but we would make him laugh hard at being silly. He will be loved always and missed much by all!!!

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