Harvey Gordon Johnson -- Lake City
LAKE CITY -- The funeral for Harvey Gordon Johnson will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Lake City with the Rev. Erik Feig officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Lake City.
Mr. Johnson, 72, a retired Lake City police officer, died early Thursday morning (July 17, 2003) at his home.
He was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Wanamingo and attended Wanamingo Elementary School and Central High School in Red Wing. Mr. Johnson was a potter for Red Wing Pottery. In 1947, he joined the U.S. Air Force. He attended Radio Broadcasting School at Brown Institute in Minneapolis and then worked in radio broadcasting in Mandan, S.D.; Oscelusa, Iowa; and Durand, Wis. On Feb. 9, 1950, he married Joan C. Donaldson in Red Wing. The couple lived in Lake City for 51 years. Mr. Johnson served on the Lake City Police Force and with the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office for 30 years. He was named Police Officer of the Year, was acknowledged for his service to the community, and received an Award for Bravery from the FBI. Also, he received a 10-year service recognition from the Head Start Program for his work as a bus driver, classroom aide and transportation coordinator. Mr. Johnson received chemical dependency training and worked at St. John's Hospital in Red Wing as a chemical dependency counselor. He also was an After Care Program coordinator and facilitator. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Lake City, and he enjoyed working on airplane models, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Nancy (Dan) Podraza and Paula (Dain) Strand, both of Red Wing, and Patricia Johnson of St. Paul; one son, Michael (Dagna) of Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Maxine Brostrom of Lake City and Janet (Wallace) Jackson of Perham, Minn. One sister preceded him in death.
Friends may call at the church one hour before the service on Monday.
Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel is in charge of arrangements.