James Marlin Johnson


March 30, 1933 - Aug. 7, 2012



James Marlin Johnson, 79, of Blair, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.


James was born March 30, 1933, in Blair, to Sven and Minnie (Gunderson) Johnson.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1956.


James married Maxine Ingalls on Nov. 8, 1959, in Nashua, Iowa. They raised their family in Waukesha and then returned back to Blair. James was employed as a welder with the Soo Line Railroad. After his retirement from the railroad, he worked at the Ettrick Lumber Co. in Ettrick and Phonco in Galesville.


James is survived by his wife, Maxine; five children, Jaqueline (Dan) Riesing and Jill Johnson, both of Waukesha, Sandy Johnson and Sally Werchowski, both of Melrose, and Jimmy (Tracey) Johnson Jr. of Clearwater, Fla.; three stepchildren, Margaret (Ken) Long of Big Flats, Marsha Foster of Waukesha and Melinda Sorensen of New Berlin; two brothers, Duane 'Sonny' (Greta) Johnson and Gary 'Sven' Johnson, both of Blair; a sister, Janet (Paul) Applequisp of Minneapolis, Minn.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by two stepsons, Raymond and Roger Sorenson.


Visitation will be held from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Blair Lutheran Church East in Blair with the Rev. Barbara Bruneau officiating. Military services will be conducted by the Knudtson-Mattison American Legion Post #231. 


Jack Funeral Home in Blair, 608-989-2383, is assisting the family with arrangements.