Lester Harlan Johnson, who resided in Lavaca, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Greenhurst Nursing Center in Charleston. He was born June 28, 1921 in Alcester, South Dakota to Joseph Johnson and Julia (Swanson) Johnson. He was 92 years and 11 months old. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Argie; two brothers, Ernest and Duane Johnson, both of Beresford, South Dakota; two sisters, Ruby Anderson of Beresford, South Dakota and Alma Swanson of Centerville, South Dakota.
Lester was educated at Alcester, South Dakota, working many odd jobs to help him through school. Later, he worked for his brother-in-law farming then enlisted in the Navy during WWII working as a maintenance repair specialist.
While stationed in California, he met Argie Lewis. They married on July 7, 1947 and settled at Beresford, South Dakota after the war. After moving from South Dakota to Arkansas, they bought a farm at Charleston. While farming at Charleston, he worked for the county maintaining and building roads and for a while mining coal. Upon retiring, they sold their farm and toured many areas of the United States settling in Lavaca, Arkansas. Lester and Argie were together for 61 years until her death on November 3, 2008. While living at Lavaca they spent many hours at the senior center, a special place for them to fellowship with friends and neighbors.
A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date. Cremation services and arrangements are under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home and Flower Shop in Charleston.
Among those who gratefully shared his life are many nieces, nephews, special friend Mary Johnson, Tom Holub, and a host of others. He will be missed by all.