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Harlan Johnson 11/21/2105

Harlan W. Johnson, 86 of Hudson died Saturday, November 21, 2015 at American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.  He was born August 1, 1929 in Wakefield, MI the son of Harlan W. and Mildred (Davies) Johnson, Sr.  In 1947, he graduated from Wakefield High School.  Harlan attended Michigan Tech School of Engineering for 1 year before joining the U.S. Army in 1948.  While serving in the military he attended signal school at Ft. Monmouth, NJ and became a radio operator.  Harlan served during the Korean War and received a purple heart.  After his military service, he returned home and attended Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI and graduated in 1957 as a mechanical engineer.  On December 28, 1956, Harlan married Janice Sakalos at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bessemer, MI.  Harlan worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in St. Paul, MN.  During his career, he worked on projects like, the Lock and Dams from the upper Mississippi River down to Missouri, Nike Missile Sites, the Spring Valley Dam, and also the Dredge Thompson.  He was a member of the State of Wisconsin Board of Architects and Professional Engineers and a member of the MN Coast Guard Auxiliary on the St. Croix River.  Harlan was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson before joining St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  He loved fishing, swimming, and downhill and cross country skiing.  He also enjoyed boating and camping with his family.  Harlan is survived by his wife, Janice; children, Tim (Karen) Johnson, Lars Johnson, Brenda (Pete) Chapin; grandchildren, Josh Johnson, Andrea (Charles) DeLong,  Christy (Aaron) Arndt, Keith Johnson; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Marilynn (Marshall) Grotenhuis; brother, Phil (Sally) Johnson; many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and Mildred and sister, Barbara (Kobin) Krueger.  A memorial service was held Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Richmond.  Visitation was also Saturday from 1:00-2:00 pm at the church.  Interment with military honors was held Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10 am at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Spooner.  Memorials are preferred to: Lutheran Hour Ministries (660 Mason Ridge Center Drive St. Louis, MO 63141) or Smile Train (41 Madison Ave. 28th Floor New York, NY 10010).  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.

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