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Earling Carl Johnson, 92

Earling Carl Johnson, 92, of Austin, Minnesota, formerly of Burnsville, Minnesota, passed peacefully to his Lord on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

Earling Carl Johnson, 92

Earling was born Sept. 12, 1926, to Albin and Emma (Carlson) Johnson in Oak Park, Illinois. He graduated from Austin High School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1944.

A veteran of World War II, Earling served in the U.S. Army from Dec. 27, 1944, to Nov. 21, 1946. He worked as a radio repairman with Battery C, 61st Field Artillery Battalion. He was decorated for his service in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with one Bronze Battle Star and the Philippine Liberation with one Bronze Battle Star.

A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served stateside in the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 15, 1951, to Nov. 14, 1955.

Earling worked as a senior aircraft engineer for Northwest Airlines from 1961 until his retirement in 1991.

On Aug. 25, 1962, he married June Claire Koschmann at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Melrose Park, Illinois. They moved to Richfield, Minnesota, and later to Burnsville, where they resided for more than 40 years.

Earling lived his life from a deep and rich Christian faith, trusting in his Lord in all that he experienced.  He loved spending time with his family and following Twins baseball.

He is survived by his two daughters, Carla (Dan) Conradt of Austin and Sue Johnson of Bloomington, Minnesota; his brother, John Richard Johnson of Seminole, Florida; and four grandchildren, Danielle Keller, Nicolette Keller, Steven Conradt and Caroline Conradt. He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife, June.

Earling and his family wish to thank the staff (assisted living and nursing home) at Sacred Heart Care Center and Our House Senior Living as well as St. Olaf Lutheran Church for the pastoral visits, worship services and communion.

Cremation has taken place at Macken Funeral Home of Rochester, Minnesota. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services and lunch will follow the service in the fellowship hall. Burial will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota. Memorials may be given to St. Olaf Lutheran Church of Austin, Sacred Heart Care Center of Austin, Muscular Dystrophy Association, or the donor’s choice.