Milnor Johnson, 97 of Glenwood City, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Glenhaven Nursing Home with Hospice.
Milnor was born March 1, 1917 in Westby, WI to Martin and Alma (Holen) Johnson.
Milnor married Murley Steffen May 6, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church in East Farmington, WI. He drove school bus for Osceola School District as a young man and later was the gas truck driver and then bookkeeper for Midland Co-op in Osceola. They moved to Glenwood City in 1952 after Milnor was hired by Midland to take the Manager position at Glenwood City Co-op Services. He successfully built the business to include a gas station, fertilizer plant, and feed mill. The Co-op offered a full service hardware store selling everything from paint to housewares, tools and appliances. He also sold and installed pipelines to area farmers, had two service bays for automobiles, and ran an LP gas truck. Christmas was an exceptionally busy time as they always added a large selection of holiday decorations, toys, games, and dolls. In addition, they served complimentary coffee and Christmas cutout cookies from Gale’s Bakery.
Milnor retired in 1979. He then drove the “Soap Route” for 4 years delivering pipeline cleaners to area farmers and finally he drove school bus for Glenwood City School District for 20 years from 1983-2003. He absolutely loved driving bus and seeing the kids each day. He used special care to make sure his kids were safely and efficiently delivered to school. It was the highlight of his career. He had three very special friends: Joe, Pat and Marvin. He always looked forward to shaking dice for the tab at their Friday morning breakfasts. He looked at Pat and Joe as his “other sons” and for that we as a family are grateful.
Milnor loved to fish and was an avid walker. He enjoyed nothing better than meeting and visiting with people, but by far, his favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. The smile they put on his face was priceless. Milnor was an exceptional man who was kind, gentle and loved by all who knew him. His love of life and sense of humor will never be forgotten. He always had a smile on his face, kind words to say, and was a role model for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
In March of 2012, life changed for Milnor and he entered Glenhaven Nursing Home. Although difficult at first, he settled in with the help of an amazing staff. He truly loved the ladies that work there and was always smiling and pointing his finger at them. It was a blessing to have a facility here in Glenwood City to keep him close to family and friends. The care he received during his 2 ½ year stay at Glenhaven was exceptional. As a family, we are very thankful to the entire staff for the personal care they gave and the support he received both physically and emotionally.
Milnor is preceded in death by his parents, wife Murley, infant son Kevin, grandson Steve, brothers Laverne, Kenneth, Howard, Lloyd, Maurice (Barney), and twin Milton.
Milnor is survived by his brother Luane (Clarice) of Star Prairie; three children: Gary Johnson and wife Judy of Hastings, MN; Randy Johnson of Champlin, MN; Julie Lee and husband Steve of Glenwood City. Eight Grandchildren: Craig (Denise) Johnson, Brian (Tracy) Johnson, Melissa (Jeff) Kern, Andy (Kristy) Johnson, Adam (Kari) Johnson, Laura Lee, Dan (Meghan) Lee, Mike Lee. Twenty-one Great Grandchildren: Jessica, Jerad, Breanna, Devin, Connor, Allison, Hailey, Kayla, Serena, Tyler, Carissa, Ariel, Bailey, Aidan, Abbie, Noah, Isabel, Matthew, Lily, Aryanna, and Jack. One Great, Great Grandchild: Hailey.
Visitation will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Glenwood City on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and a funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor House officiating.