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Wesley Johnson

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March 4, 1920-June 16, 2008

Wesley J. Johnson, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died at his home on Monday, June 16, 2008, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Wesley Jacob Johnson was born to Jacob and Mary (Freid) Johnson on March 4, 1920 near Frazee. He was raised and educated in rural Frazee schools and worked on the family farm as a young man. Wesley worked in California for a year prior to joining the U.S. Army. Following his discharge from the service he lived in Flushing, N.Y., where he married Rosemary Cornetta on March 24, 1946. They moved to Detroit Lakes in 1947 and operated Detroit Paint and Glass from 1951-78.

In 1978, Wesley had a small hobby farm in rural Detroit Lakes. After the sale of the store, Wesley and Rosemary spent their summers in Detroit Lakes and winters in Arizona. Rosemary died in 2000.

Wesley enjoyed his family and friends, the get-togethers, hunting, fishing, and his community involvements.

Surviving Wesley are his three daughters, Joyce (Duane) Halvorson of New Hope, Minn., Janice Hakkenan of Oakland, Calif., and Cheryl (Michael) Sagat of Oakland, Calif.; one son, Jay (Anne McKay) Johnson of Detroit Lakes; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and one sister, Dorothy Fagerlie of Moorhead.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Rosemary; his parents; sisters, Clara, Marion, Cynthia, Mabel, Alma and Thressa; and brothers, Joseph and Alf.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; there will be a Masonic Memorial Service at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the start of services Monday at the church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, June 30 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. David Peterson officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.

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