Dale Russell Johnson, 78

Published 10:55 am Friday, June 6, 2014

Dale Russell Johnson, 78, died Wednesday evening, June 4, 2014, at his farm in Newry Township, Freeborn County, Minn.



Dale was born Dec. 13, 1935, to Joel and Olga (Christianson) Johnson in Freeborn County where he lived his entire life. He was a lifelong member of Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Dale married Karen Olsen on May 21, 1960, at First Methodist Church in Albert Lea. Dale and Karen farmed their entire married life. They developed the Kar-Dale Holstein herd of registered Holsteins. When Dale’s health prevented him from working with the Holsteins, he went into restoring and collecting toy tractors and pedal tractors. He enjoyed all the people he met at these different events. Dale will be remembered for the love he had for his family and friends, but his love for his savior, Jesus Christ, gave Dale the peace that only he can give.

Survivors include his wife Karen Johnson of rural Austin; his son Robert (Kathie) Johnson of Sioux City, Iowa; daughter-in-law Brenda Johnson of Blooming Prairie; step-granddaughter Kendall (Taylor) Hansen of St. Ansgar, Iowa; step-grandson Kyle Diggins of Austin; four step great-grandchildren, Jolene and Blair, Kylee and Averie; and his sister-in-law Kathy Palmer of Rochester.

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He was preceded in death by his parents Joel and Olga Johnson; his son Joel (Joey) Johnson; his brother James and James’ wife Donna.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church with Pastor Lindsay Stolen officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Memorials in Dale’s memory can be directed to the family or to recipient of donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.