Elwyn E. “Elfie” Johanson, 87, of Nevis, MN, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by those he loved.
Military Honors will be accorded by Star of the North Marine Corps League after the time of visitation. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Nevis, MN assisted the family with arrangements.
Elwyn was born on August 10, 1933 in North Hollywood, CA to Frank Elmer and Tynni Esther (Maki) Johanson. He graduated from Little Falls High School in 1951. Elwyn served in the United States Marine Corps from March 12, 1955 to March 11, 1963, making the rank of Lance Corporal before he was honorably discharged. He worked at Pillsbury and Zumbrota Creamery before he went on to work as a steam engineer at IBM until retiring in February of 1987.
He was a proud member of the Marine Corps League, the Zumbro Valley Arms Collectors, the Winchester Arms Collectors, Fur Traders Round Table, and the NRA. He was also a firearms safety instructor. Elwyn was quite the collector. A few of his favorite things were Allis-Chalmers tractors, Winchesters, Finnish knives, and all things military and historic. He was an avid reader and loved hunting.
Elwyn is survived by his children, Cheri Beth Roshon of Mazeppa, MN, Karen (Dennis) Kiewatt of Kodak, TN, Laurie (Bob) Molloy of Advance, NC, and Brian (Kasey) Johanson of Florence, SC; his ten grandchildren; and his eleven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Darlene Burns; his infant siblings, Delores and Michael; and his life partner, Audrey Wyman.