Orvel E. Johnson, age 91, of Cambridge died April 4, 2015 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 11th at Cambridge Lutheran Church with a visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #290 of Cambridge. A private family interment will be in Union Cemetery in Maplewood.
Orvel Emil Johnson was born March 12, 1924 in Barrett, Minnesota to Carl M. and Mathilda (Brandvold) Johnson. Orvel served his country proudly in the US Marine Corps during WWII and was honorably discharged in October 1945. He earned a purple heart for his service after being injured in the line of duty. Two months later he married Myrtle E. Doehling at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church in St. Paul. They resided in St. Paul and Orvel attended business college with the Veteran’s GI Bill. He started working as a bookkeeper and was promoted to several positions in many departments for the State of Minnesota over the years. They had three children: Bonnie, Scott and Kathryn. They were married for 49 years when Myrtle passed away in 1995.
He worked for the State of Minnesota Liquor Control Commission, and the Federal Government for Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and the Rural Electrification Administration in Washington D.C. for many years.
He was a member of the Swedish Male Chorus, Masonic Lodge, VFW and the American Legion. He was Senior Volunteer of the Year in 2003 and spent many hours volunteering.
Orvel had a zest for life and knew how to entertain an entire room with his songs, stories and his personality. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Orvel E. Johnson passed away on April 4, 2015 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora at the age of 91 years and 23 days. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl Johnson and Mathilda (Brandvold) Johnson Solee, step-father, Randolph Solee, his wife of 49 years, Myrtle (Doehling) Johnson, second wife, Betty (Fabio) Johnson and his great-granddaughter, Savanna Kasey Raye Ford.
Orvel will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Bonnie (Robert) Jobe, son, Ronald Scott Johnson and daughter, Kathryn (Rob) Stone; brother, Earl (Peggy) Johnson; grandchildren; Alissa (John) Edstrom, Jennifer (David) Henthorn, Robert Johnson, Ronald Johnson Jr., Rae Lynn Johnson, Christopher (Meagan) Stone and Samantha Stone; great-grandchildren; Bailey Peterson Ford, Brooke Ford, Gabrielle Ford, Anthony Johnson, Eddie Johnson, John Henthorn, Addyson Henthorn and Angelina Johnson; great-great-grandchildren, Audriana Rodman and Braven Taylor; his special friend, LaVerne Kohn, and many nieces, nephews, family members and friends.