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Howard M. Johnson

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 2:09 p.m. CST

Mr. Howard M. “Spud” Johnson, 89, of Morris, passed away early Wednesday morning, Oct. 31, 2012, at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill.

Born Sept. 10, 1923, in Morris, Howard was a son of Arthur and Mildred (Tesdal) Johnson. He received his education in the schools of Morris and attended Morris High School.

Howard married Betty J. Enger on Dec. 21, 1945, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Morris. They lived all of their married life in Morris.

He farmed for several years in Saratoga Township, was self employed as a building contractor, owned several businesses in Morris, including Johnson’s Shoe Store, and was a partner with Benny Sklut in the Bedford Discount Store and High Park Builders.

He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 1024 and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 967. He was an avid card player and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his son, Tod (Sheila) Johnson of Morris; one daughter, Susan (Jim) Lebo of Bonita Springs, Fla.; three grandchildren, Amy (Mark) Mosher of Ft. Myers, Fla., Msgt. Jared (Yvonne) Johnson of Mt. Home, Idaho, and Kalin Johnson of Morris; one great-grandson, Lucas Mosher; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty, on Jan. 9, 2009; and one sister, Beth Severson.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m.  Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris. Pastor Steven Heilman will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, until the time of service at the funeral home. Private inurnment will take place at a later date in Saratoga Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice or Grace Lutheran Church.

For more information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-0700 or sign the private online guestbook at

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