Aberdeen, SD-Funeral service for Charles “Chuck” Russel Johnson, 87, of Aberdeen will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Rev. Leland Armbright will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Charles passed away February 28, 2020, after several years of declining health. He died peacefully with his beloved wife, Ann Marie by his side.
Chuck was born in Holmquist, SD on May 20, 1932, to Joseph and Sylvia (Donat) Johnson. The second oldest of nine children, Chuck grew up hunting, fishing and enjoying playing sports for Bristol High School. A fine baseball player, Chuck pitched left-handed and batted right-handed. He was also selected to the 1949 All-Conference High School football team. He helped out on the family farm and worked any odd jobs he could find starting at an early age. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for four years and 22 days as a Dental Technician during the Korean War, spending the last year of his enlistment aboard the USS Roanoke.
At the end of his enlistment, Chuck returned to South Dakota and used his G.I. Bill benefits to attend college at the University of South Dakota from 1957-1961. During that time, he worked as an auto-mechanic to help cover college expenses. He received a degree in Mathematics and a minor in French. Along the way, he met the love of his life, Ann Marie. They married in 1958 and spent 61 wonderful years together.
He started working as a Field Engineer for Burroughs Corporation in 1961 and enjoyed a 30-year career with the company that later became Unisys Corporation. He also worked part-time for the Aberdeen American News and enjoyed helping Ann Marie with her daycare business.
When not working, Chuck delighted in taking family and friends camping and fishing during the summer months. He loved tinkering on cars and other projects in his garage. Chuck was also a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and always hoped to see the Vikings win a Super Bowl during his lifetime, but then again, don’t we all?
Grateful for having shared Chuck’s life are his wife, Ann Marie; children, Barry (Sharon) Johnson of Seaside, OR, Lori (Dan) Weber of Glenwood, IA and Penny (Mike) Glau of Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Kristen Koehler, Sarah and Jesse Johnson, Casey and Corey Weber and Noah and Ian Glau; brother, Robert (LaVonne) Johnson; sisters, Betty (Louie) Bjerke, Janice (Ordean) Torgerson, Judy (Larry) Picht, Echo (Charles) Flagstad and Kathy (Gene) Ausland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gary and Harlan.
Casketbearers will be Dan Weber, Casey Weber, Corey Weber, Mike Glau, Noah Glau and Ian Glau.
People wishing to honor Chuck’s lifelong commitment to family and community can make donations to the Disabled American Veterans.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.