LaVern “Bud” Lloyd Johnson, Sr., 84, of Benson, formerly of Lucan, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Swift County – Benson Hospital in Benson. An outside memorial service was held Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the old Johnsonville Lutheran Church site in rural Lucan. Burial was held Wednesday in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso handled the arrangements for the family.
LaVern “Bud” Lloyd Johnson Sr. was born December 23, 1928 to Earl and Elsie (Donner) Johnson on the farm north of Lucan. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Johnsonville Lutheran Church in Johnsonville, Township. He attended and graduated from Wabasso area public schools. After graduation, he continued to help his parents with farming.
On September 5, 1949, LaVern was united in marriage to Vivian Schumacher in Albert Lea. They made their home in the Lucan area where LaVern continued to farm. They moved to Arlington for a few years where he worked as a bookkeeper at the Muller Ford Dealership.
After a few years in Arlington, they decided to move back to the Lucan area where LaVern began to work for Bud Hayes Ford in Tracy as a parts man, service manager, bookkeeper and mechanic and then at International of Tracy until moving on to his parents farm north of Lucan and going to work for Heartland Foods in Marshall until he retired in 1994. LaVern enjoyed riding horses in his younger years, dancing, fishing, hunting, card playing, watching television, woodworking, especially making toy boxes for his grandchildren, spending time with his dog and especially being with his family and friends.
On May 22, 2013, LaVern passed away at the Swift County – Benson Hospital in Benson at the age of 84 years old. He is survived by his two children, LaVern (Char) Johnson, Jr. of Shakopee and Colleen Johnson (special friend Allan Zinda) of Benson; two siblings, Lois Schmidt of Renville and LaVon Good of Starbuck; three grandchildren, Nicky Lightfoot, Brandon Butler and Matthew Butler (significant other Rachael Pieper); four great-grandchildren, Kyrstin, Karlye, Violet and Nakitda, his special dog, Tyke Too and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
His parents, wife Vivian, brother Lyle, sister Karen and nephew Alan Schmidt preceded him in death.