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Fredrick Ullen Johnston

October 1, 1936 — June 15, 2023

Rush City

Fredrick Ullen Johnston of Rush City passed away peacefully on Thursday morning June 15, 2023.

He was born October 1, 1936 to Ullen and Alma Johnston in Cambridge, Minnesota.  He attended West Riverside School thru the 8th grade and finished 9th grade at Cambridge High School.

Fred then went to work at Meyers Feed Mill and always on the family farm. At age 16, he went to work at Donovans and at age 17 started working at Jesco. A patriotic man, Fred served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 6 years.

On July 19, 1959, Fred married Sharon, the absolute love of his life! They had to get married in Iowa because Sharon was under age!

The couple had 3 homes in North Branch throughout the years and moved to Rush Point in 1971. They raised 5 children Mark, Sheila, Todd, Clinton and Cory.

A trip the family will never forget is when Fred, Sharon, all 5 kids and 2 grandmas took a 1970 mercury (9) passenger station wagon to Mexico! What a trip! He was a family man and worked hard through the years providing a good life for his family.

Fred retired from Jesco when he was 52 years old. Enjoying the construction trade, he was always there helping out his kids with home projects. In 1997, his son Mark purchased the home place and he and Sharon moved to Rush City where he resided until his death. He will be greatly missed and is greatly respected for taking care of Sharon until her passing; just 1½ years ago.

Fred is survived by his sons Mark (Liz) Johnston of Rush Point, Todd Johnston (fiance’ Tammi McCarthy) of Rush City, Clinton Johnston of Minneapolis, Cory (Beth) Johnston of Sioux City, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; siblings Marlene Biggins of Cambridge, Lee (Bunny) Johnston of Swanville, Joan (John) Havel of Rush City, Pauline Anderson of Cambridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ullen and Alma Johnston; sister Pearl Theising; wife Sharon Johnston; daughter Sheila Johnston; granddaughter Marsha Johnston.  

Funeral services for Fred: 11 AM; Monday, June 26, 2023 with a time of visitation and reviewal one hour prior to the service all at the Olson Funeral Chapel in Rush City. The interment will take place in the Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Stark.  

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the: Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City ~ Olson Chapel

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