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Jerry Martin Johnson, 73

Jerry Martin Johnson, 73, of Lake George, died Wednesday, Oct.15, 2008, at the MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lake George Bible Chapel with Rev. John Weiher, Rev. Jim Pearce and Rev. Joe Smith officiating. Burial was in the Lake George Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the Star of the North Marine Corps League.

Jones-Pearson Funeral Home of Park Rapids assisted the family with arrangements.

Pallbearers were Darrell Bessler, Duane Bessler, Greg Giese, Aaron Reardon and Justin Bessler.

He was born June 8, 1935, to John and Maude (Martin) Johnson in Oslo, Minn. He attended school in Oslo. After graduating from high school as valedictorian of his class, he entered the United States Army and served in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1955. On Oct. 18, 1957, he married Bonnie Leigh Morberg of Big Woods, Minn. He attended the University of North Dakota for three years, majoring in journalism.

He managed the East Grand Forks Record for several years, and in 1964, he was employed with Strander Abstract and Insurance Company in Crookston, Minn. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical studies with a concentration in pastoral ministries from Oak Hills Bible College and graduated in 1972. He began his ministry as pastor in the Evangelical Free Church in Littlefork, Minn. In 1975, he was a pastor at the Dalkena Community Church in Dalkena, Wash., for nine years. He served the next seven years with New Tribes Mission in Liberia and Panama. From 1990 until just recently, he was the pastor at the Lake George Bible Chapel.

He is survived by his wife; children, John (Janet) Johnson of Chattaroy, Wash., LeAnn (Darin) Hendrickson of Moses Lake, Wash., Wayne (Julie) Johnson of Herndon, Va., Jerri (Randy) Reimer of Kabekona, Minn., Terri (Matt) Sconce of Lake George, Karla (Chad) Wright of Princeton, Minn., and Bonnie (Scott) Robinson of Rochester, Minn.; 24 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Carl "Jake" (Alexandra) Johnson of Hendersonville, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Douglas, and two grandsons.