Johnson, Russell David, S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
345-Truck Driver, Light
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 345, United States Department of War/Alaska Department
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Staff Sergeant


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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Home Town
Wausa, Nebraska
Last Address
Wausa, Nebraska

Date of Passing
Jan 31, 2013
 
Location of Interment
Thabor Lutheran Cemetery - Wausa, Nebraska
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Not Specified

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Honorably Discharged WW II


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Russell David "Russ" Johnson, the oldest child of Emil D. and Pearl A. (Hunt) Johnson, was born September 7, 1924, at Wausa, NE. Russell died Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Wausa, NE.

Russ was baptized and later confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Wausa, NE. Russ spent his early years on the family farm near Wausa, NE. until the age 16, when he and a friend traveled to Chicago, IL. to find work. Russ landed a job in a can factory, where his duty was painting cans. He continued to work in Chicago, IL. until joining the United States Army in 1943. After going through Basic Training, Russ spent the remaining two and a half years of his service stationed in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. While serving his country, Russ worked in the motor pool, and in his furlough time, would go up into the Matanuska Valley and work for a truck gardener. At the time Russ was discharged from the Army at the end of World War II in 1945, he had attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, Russ returned to his hometown of Wausa, nE., where on January 17, 1947, he was married to Janice Moline at Thabor Lutheran Church, Wausa, NE.. The couple was blessed with three children: Peggy Ann, Beverly Jeanne, and Douglas Alan. Russ and Janice began their married lives in Norfolk, Nebraska, but soon returned to Wausa, where they operated Johnson's Café for a time. Russ then began working for Milton Berg doing roofing, and later worked as a salesman. In 1950, Russ and Janice moved to her parents' farm and lived with them for a year, then moved to their own farm northeast of Wausa, NE., where they fed cattle and raised hogs. In 1968, Russ and Janice left the farm and moved into Wausa, NE., where he went into a partnership with Carlson Home and Auto. After four years, the partnership was dissolved, and Russ began working for Dowling Township, doing road maintenance.

Russ was a very supportive and loving father and grandfather, faithfully attending all of his children and grandchildren's activities and events. In addition to going to dances and golfing, Russ enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family. He was always one to lightheartedly tease and joke around, and his jovial personality will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

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United States Department of War/Alaska Department
  1943-1945, 345, United States Department of War/Alaska Department
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  1943-1945 World War II
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