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Submitted byTracy Johnson Summerville.
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2001

FINAL RITES MONDAY FOR RUSSELL E. JOHNSON
Services were held Monday, January 6, 1992, at the First Presbyterian Church (USA) in Stapleton, for Russell Emory Johnson, 77, who passed away Jan 1st at the North Platte Hospital.  
Pastor Truman Bauer and Pastor Don Drury officiated.
Family members who cherish him are his wife, Lucy; son Tom and wife Lyndel of Stapleton;  daughter, Jacque and husband Kent Allison of Gibbon; granddaughters, Dawn and Lyndsi Johnson and grandsons, Garrett Johnson and Joshua Allison; two brothers, Glenn of Omaha and Forrest of Lancaster, California; two sisters, Caryl (Mrs. Ivan) Jones of  Arnold and Lucille (Mrs. Milford) Fowler of Stapleton; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Marie; infant twin sons, Wayne and Dwayne; his parents and a sister, Gertrude.
Music was provided by Dave Blevins, accompanied by Mrs. Grace Ambler. Selections were "Precious Memories," "Peace in the Valley," "Beyond the Sunset," and "How Great Thou Art."
Russell Emory Johnson, youngest son of Charley and Maude Gibbs Johnson was born June 5, 1914, at Stapleton, Nebraska and died January 1, 1992, at the North Platte hospital.   He grew up in the Nesbit community, attending the rural school and graduating from Baker Rural High School at Stapleton. After graduation he worked on the family farm with his father and also worked for other farmers.
In April 1942 Russell enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He served in the Asiatic-Pacific area as a member of the anti-aircraft battery of the U.S.S. Idaho, Corporal Johnson was honorably discharged in October 1945.  
On June 3, 1951, Russell and Lucy Fablinger were married at the First Presbyterian Church of Stapleton.  
The Johnsons spent their entire married life on the farm 9 1/2 miles west of Stapleton which was homesteaded by Russell's grandparents, Prince and Nancy Gibbs.
Through the years Russell served his community in many way: member of the Stapleton school board, on the ASCS committee, 4-H leader, as a director of the Federal Land Bank of North Platte. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Stapleton and served as a trustee.  Russell was also a member of Edwin L. Magnusin VFW Post 8258 and Victor H. Peterson American Legion Post 324.
Before his illness, early June 1991 brought Russell and his family some special highlights: Russell's 60th high school reunion with 6 classmates, his 77th birthday and his and Lucy's 40th wedding anniversary. His great love was his home, family, grandchildren, his land and livestock.  
He served God and his Country in life and in death by donating his eyes for medical research.
Military honors were conducted in the Loup Valley Cemetery at 10:30 A.M. by the veterans organizations of Stapleton.

God hath not promised  skies always blue,
Flowers strewn pathways  all our lives through;
God hath not promised  sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,  peace without pain.
But God hath promised  strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,  light for the way,
Grace for the trials,  help from above,
Unfailing sympathy  undying love.


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