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PAGE 4 r 25, 2016 .................... IB Harlan Johnson, 84 Harlan Johnson of Litchfield died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Bethany Memory Care of Litchfield. He was 84. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield. Visitation was held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Johnson- Hagglund Funeral Home, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was in the Lake Ripley Cemetery with military honors provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard. Harlan Floyd Johnson was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Kingston to Victor and Edna (Nelson) Johnson. He grew up and received his edu- cation in the Kingston area. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp in Korea from 1951 to 1952. In 1952, he was united in marriage to Arlene Booth at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield. They lived in the Kingston area before mov- ing to Arlene's family's farm near Forest City. Harlan enjoyed weld- ing and fabricating, owning and operating several manufactur- ing companies throughout his lifetime. He started working for CS McCrossan in 1963, and then worked for Palm Industries. In the early 1970s he started his own Company ]Craft and operated it until 1979 when he sold it. He con- tinued working in manufacturing as well as farming on the side. Harlan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, the Kingston Legion, and the Litchfield VFW. He was a charter member of the Forest City Threshers. Harlan enjoyed restor- ing old tractors and pickups and traveling to antique farm shows. He believed that burning wood was the best way to heat his home. He enjoyed cutting the wood for his wood-burning fireplace but, more importantly, he loved hav- ing his grandson help him with this task. He was instrumental in getting his uncle's ball of twine to Darwin. Harlan was preceded in death by his parents; wife Arlene; and brothers Ralph and Robert. He is survived by his sons Richard (and Carrie) Johnson of Kimball, Doug (and Laurie) Johnson of Litchfield; grandson Jared (and Courtney) Johnson; and great-granddaughter Maci Alice Johnson of Forest City. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. ~DII' 'nrl'l Val Berscheid thanks Thank you to everyone for mak- ing my birthday a great day. Thank you to the Kimball Legion for the use of the room. Val Berscheid Thanks to EV-W and Kimball Schools Thank you to the amazing All the money raised from this staff and students at the Kimball fundraiser will be donated to the and Eden Valley-Watkins schools, Relay For Life of Meeker County as well as the communities, for (American Cancer Society). their wonderful support during Thankyou, thankyou, the Cheer For A Cure fundraiserl thankyou! Thank you for raising more aware- Michelle Pramann ness and for helping us get closer Co-Captain of to finish this fight against cancer. The Barnyard Crew nln St. Augusta Garage Sale Feb. 27 St. Augusta Catholic United Financial is planning a Garage Sale Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28, at St. Mary's Parish Center in St. Augusta. Saturday is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday is from 9-11 a.m. Roast beef and ham dinner Feb. 28 Cold Spring Area Knights Adults are $9, or $8.50 in of Columbus are sponsoring aadvance. Advance tickets can be roast beef and ham dinner from purchased from KC members. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Students (ages 5-12) are $6, and Feb. 28, at Mary of the Immaculate age 4 and younger are flee. Conception Church in Rockville. Proceeds from the dinner The menu includes roast beef, ham, support Knights of Columbus real mashed potatoes, vegetables, Vocation Scholarships and other coleslaw, dessert and beverage, religious activities. Check daily for new stories at Memorials to the Firstwww.tricountynewsMN Presbyterian Church are preferred. (obituaries are posted as we receive them) Baby honored as 'Member of the Year' By Pastor David Milz The members of St. John's Lutheran Church of Kimball recently bestowed the honor of "Member of the Year" for 2015 on Hank Isaac Chet Wessling, infant son of Chet and Jessica Wessling. Hank was born Oct. 12, 2015, and was the last baby baptized at St. John's during 2015. Hank was awarded a certificate proclaim- ing him Member of the Year, but declined the opportunity to give a speech- though he did come close to drooling on the microphone. It may seem odd to bestow such an honor on a baby. In most organizations, such accolades are reserved for those who per- form outstanding service within the organization. But the Church is unlike any other organiza- tion. The rewards we receive in God's Kingdom are not awarded by merit. The best gifts God ha to give - forgiveness of sins, resur- rection, and eternal life- are com- pletely free, purchased for us by Jesus through His death and resur- rection, and given to us in our bap- tism. We simply receive the gifts through faith in Jesus (another one of God's gifts, by the way). The rest of our lives as Christians we can never earn or merit more than what God gave us right up poured out on him in his baptism. front in our baptism. The work we We also hope that, as he grows in do in His Church, the offerings we faith in Jesus, he will gladly offer give, the service we offer, are sim- himself in service to his God. ply ways to thank God for what He But that's down the road. In has already given us in full. the meantime, Hank is avail- Which is why little Hank was able for speaking engagements. honored as "Member of the Year." Just don't expect a whole lot. On Our prayer, of course, is that he the other hand, the Psalmist did will grow in the grace God has write: "From the lips of children given him, and that he will come and infants You have ordained to know, understand, and rejoice praise..." in the love and forgiveness Jesus It's EASY to renew or subscribe! O.,n, And Now . ! [ Respite & ....... House of Kimball] | Hospice Care AssistedLiving at its Vinest] [ a,livi','! il=l i il~.l! i--liili, ll=ill i ill illlll ,,| . ii~nformation" Joyce Qu,~,~Manager 1320)3982