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Franklin Lewis Johnson


Franklin Lewis Johnson, 85, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away Friday, June 8, 2018, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born Nov. 24, 1932, to Louis and Stella (McPherson) Johnson in Nashua, Mont. He graduated in the class of 1950 from Nashua High School. He married Ann Fay Erickson, June of 1954, and their daughter, Debra Ann, was born Dec. 13, 1955.

He served his country in the Air Force and was stationed in Japan for awhile. He was discharged early, when illness struck at home and he returned to Montana. He served several years with the reserves from Opheim.

In 1957, he began a career as a laborer but was promoted to carpenter's helper and then promoted to carpenter in 1959.

He loved to garden, enjoyed his summers out at Fort Peck Lake at his cabin, looked forward to watching Westerns, was known to indulge in a bowl of popcorn or Maple Nut or Chocolate ice cream. Franklin was probably best known as his loving role as caregiver to his wife, Ann, who had developed debilitating arthritis at an early age. The two of them traveled a lot, especially to and from Rochester, Minn.

Preceding Franklin in death are his parents, Louis and Stella; wife Ann Fay (Erickson) Johnson; one daughter, Debra Ann (Johnson) Roness; and one sister, Francis Kuszmaul.

He is survived by one son-in-law, Roger Roness; three granddaughters, Jamie (Eric) Seyfert, Amanda (Jeremy) Lacy and Ashley (Josh) Roness; two great-grandsons, Kasey Seyfert and Caleb Lacy; two great-granddaughters, Kailey and Avery Lacy; and several nieces.

Family received friends 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services were Thursday, July 12, at 10 a.m., at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Highland Cemetery, with a luncheon at the Glasgow VFW Post #3107 following the burial.


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