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Rev. Melvin K. Johnson - January 25, 2010


Rev. Melvin K. Johnson, age 82, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away Jan. 25, 2010, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center, North Platte, Neb.
He was born Aug. 22, 1927, in Springbrook, Wisc., to John E. and Myrtle Haynes Johnson. He grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Olivet Nazarene College.
Melvin entered the United States Army and served during World War II, where he was stationed in Japan. After his discharge, he returned home where he met Irene Burks. They were married on Oct. 29, 1950, in Mankato, Kan.
Melvin was ordained as a Nazarene minister in 1974. The Reverend served in various churches in Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas for 18 years. He retired in 1981. They moved to Maxwell in 2007.
The Reverend was a member of the Parkview Community Nazarene Church; also a member of the American Legion.
He enjoyed the outdoors, and teaching his grandchildren hunting and fishing, especially spitting on the hook.
A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences can be made to www.adamsswanson.com
Survivors include his wife, Irene Johnson of Maxwell; two daughters, Cheryl and husband Rick Millen of Duluth, Minn., and Alice and husband Roger Yost of Maxwell, Neb.; son Tim Johnson and wife Darla of Council Bluffs, Iowa; his favorite walking partner, his dog Sherman; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Wesley Johnson and wife Beverly of Kalispell, Mont., Helmer Johnson and wife Betty of Superior, Wisc., and Arlen Johnson and wife Sandy of Spooner, Wisc.; sister, Marjorie Smith of Minong, Wisc.; sister-in-law Lois Johnson of Superior, Wisc.; and many other family members and friends.
The Reverend was preceded in death by a son, Mike Johnson in 1995; his parents, John and Myrtle Johnson; brothers, Norman Johnson and Gilbert Johnson, Vernon (Peggy) Johnson; sisters, Marlene Johnson and Delores (Russ) Teitz.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Parkview Community Church of the Nazarene in North Platte with the Reverends Jack Atteberry, Roger Yost and Trent Johnson officiating.
Burial followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with military honors graveside.
Adams & Swanson Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements.