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Jerry Martin Johnson

Pastor Jerry Martin Johnson, 73, of Lake George, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D. After graduating from high school as valedictorian, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea until his honorable discharge in ...

Pastor Jerry Martin Johnson, 73, of Lake George, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

After graduating from high school as valedictorian, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1955.

He married Bonnie Leigh Morberg Oct. 18, 1957. He attended the University of North Dakota for three years, majoring in journalism.

He managed the East Grand Forks Record for several years and in 1964, he was employed with Strander Abstract and Insurance Co. in Crookston.

He earned his bachelor's degree in biblical studies with a concentration in pastoral ministries from Oak Hills Bible College and graduated in 1972. He began his ministry as pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Littlefork. He was pastor for the Dalkena Community Church in Dalkena, Wash. for nine years starting in 1975. He served the next seven years with New Tribes Mission in Liberia and Panama. From 1990 until just recently, Jerry was pastor for the Lake George Bible Chapel in Lake George.

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He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; seven children: John (Janet) of Chattaroy, Wash., LeAnn (Darin) Hendrickson of Moses Lake, Wash., Wayne (Julie) of Herndon, Va., Jerri (Pastor Randy) Reimer of Kabekona, Terri (Matt) Sconce of Lake George, Karla (Chad) Wright of Princeton, and Bonnie (Scott) Robinson of Rochester; 24 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Carl "Jake" (Alexandra) of Hendersonville, N.C.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Douglas; and two grandsons.

Funeral service: Saturday, Oct. 18, at Lake George Bible Chapel with Pastors John Weiher, Jim Pearce and Joe Smith officiating.

Casket bearers: Daryl, Duane and Justin Bessler, Greg Giese and Aaron Reardon.

Interment: Lake George Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Star of the North Marine Corps League.

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