Truman J. Johnson - Austin

AUSTIN — Truman J. Johnson, 89, of Austin, died Monday, May 3rd, at the Austin Medical Center.

Truman Jerome Johnson was born January 9, 1921, at Blooming Prairie, the son of John and Thea (Easton) Johnson. He graduated from Blooming Prairie High School and the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. Truman was a sheet metal worker and owned and operated the Ideal Heating Company of Austin, as well as working for Scheid Plumbing and Heating and the Earl Hill Heating Company. He also taught sheet metal working at Riverland College in Austin.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1945.

Truman was married to Carol E. Johnson at the First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie on July 18, 1959. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin, the Sons of Norway, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Optimists Club, and had served as the president of Local 10 Sheet Metal Workers Union.

Truman had many hobbies, including golfing, fishing, boating and bowling. He was also a coin collector and enjoyed making movies of their travels. The Johnsons spent a number of winters in Tucson, Ariz., and had a lake cabin in the Faribault area. He also spent many hours making things for his grandchildren, as well as making things out of copper.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Truman is survived by his wife, Carol E. Johnson of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Rich Anderson of Blaine, Minn.; grandchildren, Katie Anderson of Minneapolis and Jon Anderson, a student at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6th, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin, with the Reverend Glenn L. Monson officiating. Interment will be in Westfield Cemetery, Blooming Prairie. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the donor’s choice.