Memorial services for LaVerne “Swede” Johnson, age 83, of Wausa, Nebraska will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at Golgotha Lutheran Church in rural Wausa. Reverend Adam Salinas will officiate, with burial at a later date.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1151, American Legion Post 74, and Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Wausa is in charge of arrangements.
Swede died Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Osmond General Hospital in Osmond, Nebraska.
LaVerne “Swede” Johnson, son of Clarence and Selda Johnson, was born April 24, 1933, at Bloomfield, Nebraska. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1950. Swede served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1953 until 1955, where he was a truck driver in Germany. On February 10, 1961, he was united in marriage to Karen Bohlmann at St. John’s Church in Yankton, South Dakota. They were blessed with two daughters, Lynn and Lori.
Swede was a farmer in the Bloomfield and Wausa areas. He then owned a bar in Center, Nebraska. Swede also lived in Grand Island for a time where he was a store owner. He had lived in Wausa from 1997 until the present. Swede also worked at Blooming Egg. Swede was a member of Creighton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1151.
Swede is survived by his wife, Karen Johnson of Wausa, Nebraska; daughters, Lynn (Larry) Ficken of Grand Island, Nebraska and Lori (Kevin) Wagner also of Grand Island; grandchildren, Travis (Bobbie Jo) Ficken of Lincoln, Nebraska, Samantha (Tyler) Pool of St. Louis, Missouri, Stephanie (Nathan) Hulme of Grand Island, and Matthew Wagner of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Gracelyn and Sydney Hulme; brother, Marvin (Wanda) Johnson of Bloomfield, Nebraska; and one niece, Lee (Allen) Acklie of South Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Selda (Wenke) Johnson; and brother, Norman Johnson.