Lyle M. Johnson, 81 of Thief River Falls, MN, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating.  Burial will follow at Holt Cemetery in Holt, MN.

Visitation will take place from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at the church.

Lyle Johnson, the son of John and Olga (Reierson) Johnson was born on March 10, 1938 at Mercy Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, MN.  Lyle attended grade school in Holt and high school in Newfolden until the age of 16 when he had to go to work for a farmer in Wells, MN.

On April 27, 1957 Lyle was united in marriage to Sharon Amundson in Holt, MN.  To this union six children were born:  Marlin, Scott, Jeff, Tim, Teresa, and Jill and one foster son, Bobby.  Together they made their home and raised their children in Thief River Falls, MN.

In 1957 Lyle started working for Tunberg Motors in Thief River Falls and worked there until 1972.  In 1967 he went to work at Arctic Cat and retired from there in 2002.  Lyle took a part-time job at Titan Machinery and also farmed with his son-in-law, Jay and grandson, Cody until May of 2012.  For a year he lived with his daughter, Teresa and her family and in 2013 he moved to the Thief River Care Center.

Lyle enjoyed hunting with his kids and grandkids, yearly hunting trips to Beltrami, gardening, drives in the countryside at very low speeds, singing, telling stories, garbage can cookouts with his family and friends, and spending time with his family.

He was a member of the Eagles in Thief River Falls and Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt.

Lyle is survived by his children, Marlin, Scott (Sandy), Jeff (Christine) of Austin, MN, Tim (Cheryl), Teresa (Lenny), Jill (Jay), and Bobby Houle; girlfriend, Esther Collins; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way; sisters, Ruby Moen and Angie (Loren) Swenson; mother of his children, Sharon; several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 6 brothers and 3 sisters; daughter-in-law, Lorae Johnson; and 1 niece and several nephews.


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