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Melvin Eugene

April 28, 1928 – February 9, 2019

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Obituary for Melvin Eugene Johnson

Melvin Eugene Johnson was born on April 28, 1928 outside Terril, IA to John and Ruth (Webb) Johnson. When he was a teenager his family bought a farm SW of Estherville. Melvin went to High School at Oak Park Academy in Nevada, IA where he later met Lillian Ruth Severson. They were united in marriage on May 4th, 1952 in Nashua, IA at The Little Brown Church. Melvin moved his bride back to his parent’s farm and he built a home for them next door to his parents. While they lived there, their two daughters were born. Cindy Jean born in June, 1953 and Sandra Ann in November, 1954. They lived and farmed around Estherville until March, 1965 when they moved to Rural Terril to farm. Melvin built another house in the town of Terril in 1978 but didn’t move into it until 1985 when he retired from farming. He lived there until August 2016 when he became a resident of Pearl Valley.

Melvin enjoyed customizing his Oliver tractors and entering them into tractor pulls, which he was quite good at. After he retired he enjoyed multiple walks around Terril making the same daily pit stops to rest or visit.

Melvin was a life-long member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lillian of Terril, his daughters, Cindy (Craig) Prentice, Spencer, IA and Sandra (Dave) Moyes, Cottontown, TN, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother, Delbert.

Melvin is preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson, Cameron.



When Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church
1910 10th Ave. East
Spencer, IA 51301

Service Information

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 11:00am
Pastor Kent Dunwoody
Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church
1910 10th Ave. East
Spencer, IA 51301

Interment Information

Fairview Cemetery
Terril, IA
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