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Marvin Harry Johnson
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Birth: Apr. 20, 1932
Spink County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 2007
Hughes County
South Dakota, USA

Marvin Johnson, 75, Pierre, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Maryhouse TCU, surrounded by his family, following a short battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, Feigum-VanLith Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jesse Halley officiating. Interment will be at Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort. Online register book can be found at

Marvin Harry Johnson was born April 20, 1932, in Frankfort, to Harry Herbert and Eva Elfrida (Petterson) Johnson. He grew up and attended country school and high school in Frankfort.

In 1952, Marvin joined the Army and was stationed on a military base near Seattle, Wash. Marvin was on a ship destined for Korea, when the war ended, and he was able to return safely home.

Marvin was united in marriage on Oct. 12, 1952, to Barbara Helen McVay. To this union were born nine children. In April of 1976, he was married to Eva Bouvette.

Marvin's working career led him down many paths. He drove truck for "Jewel Tea" in the Aberdeen area, the Creamery/Dairy in Redfield, and then began a 30-year career with the Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service as a land surveyor in Hughes and Stanley counties. He also held part-time jobs refinishing furniture for many people in the Pierre area. Marvin also worked at Pierre greenhouse after retirement. Retirement wasn't taken lightly by Marvin; he used his time working on many hobbies. He was a man of many talents. He enjoyed making things for his children and grandchildren. Projects included wooden racing cars, doll cradles, and display shelves. Marvin also enjoyed constructing buildings "to scale," which resembled the buildings of the home farm, including the bard and home place. Marvin also enjoyed cooking, whether it was making a giant pancake, frying fish for his grandsons, or baking cookies at holidays to share with friends and neighbors. He was also an avid walker and logged many miles at Hilger's Gulch and at the Pierre Mall, a minimum of two miles a day. He also enjoyed photography and gardening, and often tried to grow new items. Marvin enjoyed writing and receiving letters from pen pals across the states and from Africa. Marvin was a member of Pierre American Legion, the Pierre Senior Citizens, and a past member of the Arbor Day Committee.

Marvin is survived by his wife Eva Johnson, of Pierre; five daughters: Pat (Dave) Miller, of Groton, Linda Sullivan, of Pierre, Diane (friend Don Engleman) Johnson, of Pierre, Donna (Dale) Carda, of Pierre, Sheryl Johnson, of Pierre; three sons: Cliff Johnson, of Phoenix, Ariz., David (Cindy) Johnson, of Sioux Falls, Monte Johnson, of Sioux Falls; three stepdaughters: Frannie (Michael) Dowell, of Kennebec, Clair (Skip) Glasford, of Rapid City, Sherry Hiatt, of Pierre; two stepsons: Ron Bouvette, of Pierre, Doug Bouvette, of Pierre; 14 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ronald Johnson, daughter, Deborah Johnson, and a great-grandson.

Capital Journal Dec 18, 2007 
Family links: 
  Harry Herbert Johnson (1901 - 1986)
  Eva Elfrida Peterson Johnson (1909 - 1991)
Frankfort Cemetery
Spink County
South Dakota, USA
Maintained by: JLRemily
Originally Created by: In memory of Scott
Record added: Dec 19, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23489978
Marvin Harry Johnson
Added by: In memory of Scott
Marvin Harry Johnson
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 Added: Dec. 19, 2007

- In memory of Scott
 Added: Dec. 19, 2007

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