Leland Kenneth Johnson, age 87, of Iola died Monday, April 27, 2015 at Appleton Medical Center.
He was born in the Town of St. Lawrence, Waupaca County, on May 28, 1927, the son of the late Casper and Alma (Larson) Johnson. Leland married Delores Norby on June 28, 1947. She preceded him in death on Sept 11, 1957. He married Nancy Gross on Oct 10, 1959. She preceded him in death on Aug 15, 1969. Leland married Ruth Erickson on Feb 13, 1971. Leland graduated from Iola High school in 1944. He entered the United States Navy on June 25, 1945 and was discharged on Aug 23, 1946. Leland graduated from Waldorf College in 1948. He was a very faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Iola where he served on the church council as treasurer for over 30 years and had also served as council president. Leland was the State Farm Insurance Agent in Iola for over 47 years; starting May 1, 1952 and retiring May 1, 1999. He enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, hunting, camping, golfing, ice fishing were some of his favorites. Leland was a member of the Iola Lions Club joining in 1957, charter member of the Iola Musky Club in 1970, Iola Community Golf Club and served on the Iola Village Board for nearly 50 years. Leland enjoyed traveling to Norway, Israel, Europe, Mexico and the United States. He also found much joy in watching his children and grandchildren participate in sporting events at Iola-Scandinavia Schools.
Leland is survived by his wife, Ruth Johnson of Iola; sons, Dan (Tess) Johnson of Iola, Mark (Rose) Johnson of Wausau; daughter, Lynn (Mark-Goob) Sprangers of Iola; grandchildren: Johnna and Teresa Sprangers and Danny and Jayden Johnson, Alissa (Aaron) Mitchler and Corey (Alex) Gleason; great-grandchildren: Talen and Rylie Mitchler and Quinn Gleason; sister, Ruth Sopa of Northfield, MN along with several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
The Funeral Service will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Iola at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 4th, with Reverend Dennis Olson officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, 3-7 p.m. at the Voie Funeral Home in Iola and on Monday at the church from 9-11 a.m. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank Fox Valley Oncology, Dr. William Guenther, Jennifer Giebel and staff, Appleton Medical Center 7th floor staff, Riverside Medical Center and Iola Living Assistance for the excellent care and concern provided to Leland. Register Book and online condolences may be sent by visiting www.voiefuneralhome.com