Donald C. Johnson, age 97, of Red Wing died on May 20, 2020.
He was born on March 16, 1923 to CAM and Anna (nee Nelson) Johnson in Red Wing where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Red Wing Central High School in 1942 and went on to attend the University of Minnesota where he studied business. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
On October 1, 1949 he married Frankie Lou Vandewalker at St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fountain City, WI.
He served in the U.S. Army, C Company, 324th Medical Battalion, 99th Infantry Division as an ambulance driver during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star. He crossed the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen Germany the day it was captured.
Following his service he returned to Red Wing and co-owned and operated Johnson and Meyer Clothing with his father, CAM and brother, Kenneth. He then worked as a real estate agent in Red Wing until he retired.
He was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Red Wing.
He enjoyed road trips with his family, golfing, music (especially Boogie Woogie and Big Band) and meeting with friends for coffee.
He is survived by his daughters, Christine Rowe of Lafayette, Colorado and Patricia (Tom) Gold of Rosemount, Minnesota.
He was preceded by his wife, Frankie, parents and brother, Kenneth.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of St. Crispin and Faith in Action.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Faith in Action, Red Wing, MN.