Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson

November 13th, 1933 - March 7th, 2020
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Larry W. Johnson, 86, of Watertown, passed away March 7, 2020.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Watertown with Reverend Charles Warger officiating. Eloise Falk will be the organist.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.

Pallbearers will be Larry's grandsons: Brad Thorson, Grant and Justin Johnson, Mark Thorson, Ethan Johnson and Jason Brown.

Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Larry William Johnson was born to William and Loraine (Bohls) Johnson on November 13, 1933 in Watertown, SD. He grew up in Watertown where he attended school, graduating from Watertown High School in 1951.

On May 1, 1953 he married Shirley Ann LaFramboise in Spirit Lake, IA. They made their home in Watertown and they had six children, Steven, Laura, Christine, Vickie, David and Jon. Larry was a building contractor and started his business, Johnson Home Builders. He also built and owned apartments in Watertown.

Larry loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed boating, water skiing, flying, archery and snowmobiling.

Larry is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, Steven (Jan) Johnson of Willow Lake, SD, Laura (Fred) Saeger, Christine (Steven) Thorson, Vickie Brown, David (Jeana) Johnson and Jon (Jan) Johnson all of Watertown, SD; two brothers, Robert Johnson of Huron, SD and Russell Johnson of Arizona; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Lee William Johnson and his sister-in-law, Dorothy Johnson.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday March 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday March 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Friday March 13th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday March 13th, 2020 10:00am
    First Baptist Church
    111 14th Ave NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Rev. Dr. Charles Warger
  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Kara Brown

Posted at 05:42am
Me and Jase stayed with gramma and grandpa all the time. So one time gramma was working at the store and grandpa was left alone with the 2 of us. He called gramma to find out what to feed us for lunch. I don't know what she said but he ended up making chocolate pudding on the stove for us. I had never had it this and I now know that warm pudding straight feom the stove is the best kind! I've made "grandpa's pudding" for my kids and it's now a comfort food. I love you grandpa. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

jennifer sulak

Posted at 01:39pm
My favorite memories of Grandpa were him laying back watching TV with his glasses tipped up over his ears. I also loved hearing about him having breakfast of grape nuts or "Grandpa's rocks'. I love watching Grandma Shirley and he holding hands and I'm so glad they could both meet my daughter Miracle in 2017 along with my husband Zak. The overalls say it all! :) Love you Grampa !!!!!

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