Laurence Eugene Johnson was born on March 24, 1920 in Munterville, Iowa. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Burt (Lilly) Johnson. Laurence grew up in the Grand Meadow area and attended school there with his two brothers and two sisters.
On June 6, 1942, Laurence and Alma Vernitta Jorgensen were united in marriage in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
He enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1943 and was stationed on the U.S.S. Alfred C. True cargo ship, during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. After the war he and his wife farmed (his passion!) south of Marcus for over 50 years. Laurence was a long standing member of Faith Lutheran Church where he served on the church council.
Survivors include his two daughters, Mrs. Roald (Sharon) Harswick of Green Bay, WI and Linda Johnson of Germantown, WI; three grandchildren, David (Mary-Beth) Harswick of Fitchburg, WI, Mark Harswick of Worthington, MN, and Jennifer (Kyle) Steffen of Germantown, WI; one great-granddaughter, Alana Steffen; two sisters-in-law, Marlene Jorgensen of Galva and Barbara Jorgensen of Marcus; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers and his two sisters.
The family would like to extend a special "Thank You" to the staff at the Heartland Care Center, Pastor Liz and to Jo Ann Johnson, for always being there for Laurence and us.
Memorials may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church in Marcus or the Heartland Care Center in Marcus.