Wayne Marlin Johnson, age 78, of St. Peter, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 13, 2019 after an extended illness. Funeral service will be at 12, noon, on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with visitation two hours prior at the church. Wayne will be buried in Greenhill Cemetery, St. Peter with full military honors at a later date. St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wayne was born August 24, 1941 in St. Peter, MN, to Clifford and Alverna (Fischer) Johnson. Wayne graduated from St. Peter High School, and continued his education at Mankato State College.
Wayne married Cynthia Lundeen on February 9, 1962 in Minneapolis, MN. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2012. They were most proud of their two children, Jim and Joy. He never missed a sporting event or concert. He lived for his kids. That pride grew even more intense as he watched his grandchildren grow.
Wayne spent his entire career working for State of Minnesota, from his first roles within the former prison to his retirement as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Department of Economic Security/Human Services. He enjoyed his career, and especially the colleagues he spent so many years with. He was known to never get too stressed, his catch phrase being "No Sweat".
He proudly served with the US Army in Fort Sill, OK (and later the Army National Guard) from 1962 until his honorable discharge in July 1966. He was a member of American Legion Post 37, St. Peter.
He enjoyed the outdoors. Camping, hunting and fishing. On his own, then with Cindy, his children and ultimately his grandchildren. His presence is already greatly missed.
Wayne is survived by his children, James (Aimee) Johnson of St. Peter, and Joy (Mark) McGrath of Fort Worth, TX; grandchildren, Andrew (special friend Chelsea Van Otterloo) of Richfield, Mariah (special friend Cole Rolland) of Shakopee, Matthew Johnson, Dominic McGrath and Colin McGrath; brother, David (Joanne) Johnson of St. Peter, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and the love of his life, Cindy in 2012. He was also preceded by an infant grandson, Benjamin Johnson, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Ecumen Prairie Hill, Rivers Edge Hospital, Dr. Liz Osborne, and the amazing angels of the Mayo Health Hospice team.