A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Steve Olson officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church from 2 p.m. Sunday until the service.
Memorials should be designated to Trinity Lutheran Day Care.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Johanson was born Aug. 22, 1924, near Flandreau, S.D., a son of the late Carl and Gerda Johanson, Swedish immigrant farmers. He grew up on the farm. He graduated from Eagan High School in 1942.
He completed history and chemistry degrees at Augustana Lutheran College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1945.
He was married to Norma Torp in 1947.
He worked 37 years in the chemical industry, retiring in 1982. His first job was at Archer Daniels Midland, a small research laboratory in Minneapolis where he met his wife, who also worked at the research lab. Eventually, he became a manager of quality control for plastics and resins with Ashland Oil and Chemical; living at that time in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
He usually shunned his first name, Oscar and was always known in his working world as “Joe.”
He and his wife have been residents in Stevens Point since 1995.
Since retirement, they traveled, did volunteer work and lived close to their children and grandchildren.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since moving to Stevens Point.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Bruce and the Rev. Ted (Joan); one brother, Robert “Bob,” Flandreau, S.D.; one sister, Lily Stadum Fargo, N.D.; five grandchildren, Kallista, Kirsti, Marna, the Rev. Peder and Luke; and one great-grandchild, Ellie.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, E. Carl.