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Peder 'Pete' Johnson Jr.


June 19, 2018

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Peder "Pete" Johnson Jr., 87, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, June 16, 2018, at Edenbrook Nursing Home in Rochester.

Pete was born in LeRoy on May 5, 1931, to Peder Sr. and Esther Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Mrs. David (Leora) Lidtke, Mrs. James (Ramona) Pisney and Mrs. Raymond (Phyllis) Becker.

He graduated from LeRoy High School in 1949. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and proudly served until 1954. He married Marcella (Poldervaard) Johnson, "the best wife he ever had," (one example of Pete's silly sense of humor!) on Sept. 14, 1957, in Greenleafton. Together they had three sons: Bruce, Mark and Todd (Barb) Johnson.

He was a very proud grandfather to six grandsons: Justin, Nathan and Logan (Bruce's sons); Shane (Mark's son); Connor and Drew (Todd and Barb's sons.) He was also a cherished uncle, cousin to many, and friend to many others.

He enjoyed watching his six grandchildren grow up, fishing and spending time on the lake, attending Bluegrass festivals, playing card games, pitching horseshoes, and cheering for the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

He was a charter member of Church of the Savior.

A visitation will be held at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester on Wednesday, June 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Church of Savior in southeast Rochester, on Thursday, June 21, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

Burial at Grandview Memorial Gardens will follow Thursday's service, as well as a luncheon to follow at Macken Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be to Church of the Savior; 971 16th St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

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