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Vernon E. Johnson, 85, of Menahga, died peacefully at his home in Brainerd, while living with his granddaughter Jessica on Friday, June 13, 2014.

He was united in mar-riage to Marcella Busse on July 12, 1949 in St. Paul.

Vern was employed at Chandler Wilbert Vault Company in St. Paul for 35 years and upon retirement he and Marcella moved to their summer home on Little Mantrap Lake "Deep N' Debt" resort in Park Rapids where they resided until 1998. Then they moved to their home in Menahga.

Vern loved to fish, hunt, play cards and go to the casino.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Terry (Denise) Johnson of Centuria, Wis., Deb Sommers of Pequot Lakes, Sue (Ira Hefta) Johnson of Park Rapids, and Kelly (Joe) Larson of Bowlus; five grandchildren, Angie Johnson, Jessica Sommers, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Ryappy, and Joshua Johnson; also six great-grandchildren.

Vern is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Marcella Johnson; and son, Jerry Johnson.

Memorial service: Noon Saturday, June 28 at the home of his son Terry and Denise Johnson in Centuria, Wis.

Caring for Vernon and the Johnson Family is

Halvorson Johnson Funeral & Cremation Care, Brainerd Chapel. Phone 218-829-3581. Online condolences can be left at