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Arnold Melvin Johnson

Arnold Melvin Johnson, 87, of Bemidji, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at his daughter's home.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji with the Rev. Genelle Netland officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji with military honors by Ralph Gracie Post 14 of the American Legion in Bemidji.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Powers, Mark Powers, Gabe Carlstrom, Wayne Lussier, Nick Lussier and Charlie Reynolds.

Honorary pallbearers will be Aaron Powers, Dunae Ness and area law enforcement personnel.

He was born Sept. 23, 1921, to Peter and Anna Marie (Hoff) Johnson in Shevlin. He was raised in Shevlin, later moving to Fosston to complete high school. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as an electronics technician in North Africa and the European Theater. He was one day away from Japan during World War II when victory was declared.

He returned to the area and married Marlys Anderson July 1, 1946, in Bagley. They moved to Bemidji. He worked as a logger, drove gravel truck, was a carpenter and worked for Dibble Chevrolet as a mechanic and body man. In the mid 1950s, he started working with the Bemidji Police Department as a patrol officer. He later worked in conjunction with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department. He retired in the late 1970s with the Bemidji Police Department.

He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, working on home projects and gardening in his vast Nymore flower garden with hundreds of gladiolas. He also enjoyed restoring antique cars, mostly Model A's and Motel T's.

He is survived by his daughters, MaryAnn (Aaron) Powers of Bemidji and Barb (Duane) Ness of Bemidji; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Lloyd (Margot) Johnson of Vacaville, Calif., special friend, Mabel Isaccson of Shevlin; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, in 1995; brother, Clarence; sisters, Joyce and Anna Marie; a son-in-law and a great-grandson.