Buell Johnson, 95, of Spring Valley
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:26 AM
Buell Gerhard Johnson, 95, of Spring Valley, who was a longtime resident at the Spring Valley Care Center, died at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. He had been in the hospital for two weeks for a sudden illness and had complications from the illness.
He was born May 19, 1918, as the youngest of nine children to Bert and Johanna (Sebbo) Johnson on their farm eight miles north of Jackson, Minn. He grew up there and graduated from Jackson High School in 1937. After graduation, he returned to the farm to take care of his parents and to help with the farming. During this time, he built and operated an amateur shortwave radio. With his interest in radios, he went on to work as a television and radio repairman in Jackson. He then studied on his own and became licensed as a Class A electronics technician. He worked as a technician and announcer for KSUM Radio in Fairmont for a short time. While working in the repair shop in Jackson, he had met Carol Greenwood. He married her on Jan. 13, 1964, at the Zumbro Valley Lutheran Church in Rochester. They moved to Ostrander for a year and then to Spring Valley. He had accepted a job in this area to work for KROC. He was employed for KROC, which later became KTTC television, at its transmitter station in Ostrander for 19 years.
Over the years, Mr. Johnson enjoyed listening to music and playing guitar, harmonica and violin. He enjoyed traveling, taking pictures, filming family movies and making family recordings. He fixed many televisions and many other broken items for others over the years. He also enjoyed remodeling his house, farming, working on crossword puzzles, watching PBS shows and garage sales. He also enjoyed being outside. After a stroke in 2011, he resided at the Spring Valley Care Center. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Spring Valley; and his daughter, Charlotte (Tom) Anderson of Mantorville; along with three grandchildren, Karin of Minneapolis, Sara of Duluth, and Ryan of Mantorville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Johanna, and eight siblings, Joseph, Arthur, Harold (died at birth), Harold, Ruth, Inga, Nora and Helen.
A private family memorial service is planned