Rodger Carl Johnson 1925 - 2010 Lawrence
Funeral services for Rodger Carl Johnson, 85, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lawrence. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in St. James, Minn.
He died Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at his home.
He was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Duluth, Minn., the son of Oscar and Adele Youngquist Johnson.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., and received his master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Chicago.
He served his country in the Army during World War II and later served in the U.S. occupation forces for two years in Korea.
Mr. Johnson served as the assistant hospital administrator for Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He then became the hospital administrator for Lawrence Memorial Hospital from 1959 to 1969. He also served as hospital administrator for Rose Medical Center in Denver before returning to retire in Lawrence in 1985.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, where he served as a board member, Sunday school teacher and on other church committees. He volunteered with the SHICK and LINK organizations and was a master gardener. He enjoyed fishing, reading, gardening, the Minnesota woods, birds and nature.
He married Marcia Anderson on July 12, 1952, in St. James, Minn. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Khristine Lee and husband Mike, Lawrence, and Laurel Olson and husband Timothy, Edina, Minn.; two sons, Timothy and wife Kathleen, Denver, and Brian and wife Jacqueline, Clarkston, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, Scott Lee, Amy Green, Craig Lee, Todd Lee, Ryan Lee, Cecily Johnson, Erik Olson, Peter Olson, Whitney Johnson and Ben Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Alora Lee, Evelyn Lee, Miriam Lee, Hailey Green and Lance Lee; one nephew, Craig Kittelson; one niece, Debra Golucke; and many cousins who reside in Sweden.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Warrren-McElwain Mortuary.
The family suggests memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, Lawrence Memorial Hospital or to a charity of the donor’s choice, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.