Donald J. Johnson, 87, of rural Cascade, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, at his home in rural Cascade surrounded by his family.

A visitation for Don was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding. Lectors were Tonya Johnson and Wayne Johnson. Petitions were read by Deb Mausser. Eucharistic Ministers were Deb and Ted Mausser. Placing the pall were Patricia Johnson, Deb Mausser, Kevin Johnson, DeEtt Bergfeld, Kenny Johnson, Alan Johnson, Elgean Brandenburg, Dean Johnson, Wayne Johnson and Trish Gaul.

Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Fillmore, with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade is assisting the family with arrangements

Honorary Pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Casketbearers were Danielle Bergfeld, Brooke Bergfeld, Kodey Miles, Cory Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Kyle Brandenburg, Noah Miles and Jordan Miles.

He was born Aug. 20, 1933, in Monticello, son of Hans A. and Agnes F. (Then) Johnson. He was a graduate of St. Martin’s School in Cascade. On Feb. 10, 1959, he was united in marriage to Patricia Kean at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cascade.

The couple farmed in the Cascade-Fillmore area, and he also worked at NFO (National Farmer’s Organization) for 19 years.

Don is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He is a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528 and St. Matthias Parish.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Johnson of Fillmore; nine children: Deb (Ted) Mausser, Kevin Johnson (and friend, Lynn Decker) of Cascade, DeEtt Bergfeld of Bernard, Kenny (Mary) Johnson of Galena, Ill., Alan (Carla) Johnson of Cascade, Elgean (Rod) Brandenburg of Hiawatha, Dean (Tonya) Johnson of Bernard, Wayne Johnson of Bernard, and Trish (Dennis) Gaul of Epworth; 22 grandchildren; 25 great- grandchildren; one brother, Fredrick Johnson of Arlington, Tex.; sisters-in-law, Ann Johnson of Sherrill and Helen Johnson of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Elaine Johnson; three brothers: Joe, Jim and Merlin Johnson; a sister, Kay (Joe) Wagner; and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Mercedes, JoAnn Johnson and Millicent Johnson.

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