Edward H. Johnson -- Born 30
July 1881 -- died 12 December 1933
(picture) STROKE TAKES E. H. JOHNSON
Universal mourning was cast over the entire community Saturday morning when the news was spread that Edd H. Johnson had passed suddenly away at 10:30 at his home two miles north of Kiron. Mr. Johnson suffered from a stroke on Dec 12, 1933, from which he was recovering splendidly. The attending physician had been greatly encouraged by his condition. He felt his usual self on Saturday morning until 10:30, when he evidently suffered a second stroke from which he did not rally. He was confined to his bed but a month and two days. During his illness his faithful wife and children ministered to his every need. They were ever at his side for anything he might want, forgetting self and giving entire consideration for their beloved husband and father. But in spite of all human hands can do, we must answer the summons when it comes.
Edward H. Johnson, son of Carl Johan and Nellie Johnson, was born 30 July 1881, on the old Johnson homestead, 1 mile west and 1 mile north of Kiron. Here he attended the public schools and grew to manhood, working with his father on the farm. His parents were the hardy pioneer stock that settled this community in the seventies and eighties of the last century. He has spent the whole of his life in this vicinity and has been one of the second generation who took the work where the pioneers left off, to develop this into one of the finest agricultural sections in the nation. Mr. Johnson was a hard working man of strict integrity and honestly. Nobly has he done his part in the development of this community. His pledged word was as good as gold.
Mrs. Johnson was united in marriage to Nellie Moline on 1 April 1908, when they moved to their present home, where he labored so earnestly in making a real home for his family and met with great success.
This union was blessed with three children: Kenneth, who resides on one of their farms two miles south of Kiron, Adeline and Duane at home. He was at the time of his death 51 years, 5 months and 14 days old.
Mr. Johnson was converted and often expressed his faith in his Savior. He was baptized and united with the Kiron Baptist church Feb 21, 1926. He was elected deacon in 1930, in xxxxxxxxxxxxx death. He was an unassuming Christian and walked humbly before his Lord. He was a faithful and active member of the church, attending regularly up to the time of his illness. He gave generously to the support of the church and missions. He was dearly loved as a husband and father, of a kind and gentle disposition. A highly esteemed citizen and a most trustworthy neighbor and friend. His life was always governed by those principles which command the respect, confidence and good will of all.
Besides his grief-stricken wife and three children, he leaves to mourn his untimely departure; one sister, Mrs. Gust Wilson of Alcester, S.D., two brothers, Oscar C. of Kiron and Emil of Alcester, S.D., one sister died in infancy, a large number of other relatives and hosts of friends. He will be greatly missed in the home as well as in the congregation and community. A good man who has left us to go to his heavenly reward.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 from the home and at 2 from the church. The church was crowded to capacity with friends and relatives who came to pay their last respects to the beloved brother. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Gordon Carlson. special singing was rendered, a vocal duet by Mrs. B. E. Lindstrom and Miss Edith Larson and a number by a male quartette composed of Guy Eckman, Paul Hedstrom, Harry and Bert Lindstrom accompanied at the piano by Miss Lillian Engberg. the floral offerings were many and beautiful. He was borne to his last resting place by: Adolph Salmonson, S. M. Sjogren, Alvin Winquist, V. H. Youngquist, Elmer Mauritz and Bert Lindstrom.
Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Gust Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Johnson of Alcester, S.D., and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wilson of Lawton, besides a number of relatives and friends from Odebolt, Arthur, Denison and other neighboring towns.