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Duane E. ‘Pete’ Johnson, 87

Published 6:43pm Saturday, April 26, 2014
Duane E. ‘Pete’ Johnson, 87
Duane E. ‘Pete’ Johnson, 87

Duane “Pete” Johnson, 87, of Rochester, Minn., passed away on April 24, 2014, at Golden Living East. Pete was born on Oct. 6, 1926, in Predmore, Minn., to Edward and Genevra (McCaleb) Johnson. He attended rural schools, and obtained a Journeyman’s License in sheet-metal work. Pete married Marilyn (Johnson) Erickson on Aug. 7, 1953, in Predmore, Minn. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a Gunnery-Sergeant. After his service time, he returned home and worked in the sheet-metal industry, including Rochester and surrounding communities. Pete was a longstanding member of Marion Church of Christ and Meadow Park Church of Christ in Rochester. He enjoyed fishing, metal detecting, and being around his family.

He is survived by his children, Mark (Debi) Erickson of Rochester, Mary (Bruce) Kennedy of Rochester, Jacqueline (Roger) Todalen of Austin, Minn. A daughter-in-law Sandy Erickson, Brian (Jennifer) Erickson, Brandon (Linda) Kennedy, Justin (Lana) Colbenson, Christian Colbenson, Thomas Erickson, Jennifer (Travvis) Todalen, Alissa (Matt) Penkava, Kelly Todalen, Corey Todalen, and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn, a daughter Cindy and David Colbenson, a son Paul, great-granddaughter Olivia, sisters Lorraine H. Jensen and Delores Mae Stephenson.

A funeral service for Pete will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post 92.

Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and online condolences are welcome at

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