Leslie Johnson


January 15, 1926 - July 23, 2015


Leslie John Johnson was born January 15, 1926, near Bijou Hills, SD, to Edna Woodraski and Jasper Johnson. He grew up in Kimball, SD until he was drafted into the navy in 1944. Following the navy he moved to Mitchell where he met his wife Esther and they were married on July 11, 1947.  He worked for many years as a journeyman electrician; he then worked for 7 years at Intercounty Electric, followed by 15 years as a teacher at the Mitchell Area Vocational Technical School. He was a charter member of the Northridge Baptist Church where over the years he attended with his wife and children, served as a deacon, taught Sunday School and helped wire the church.

He is survived by his four children: Rich Johnson and wife, Lori of Yuma, AZ; Daniel Johnson and wife, Lavonne of Cedar Rapids, IA; Yvonne Otten and husband, Kim of Sioux Falls, SD; David Johnson and wife, Connie of Fairbanks, AK; 15 grandchildren; and a growing host of great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchild; one sister, Shirley Davidson and husband, James of Ogema, MN.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Esther Faye, his parents, his brother, Gene, his sister, Alice, an infant child, and four infant grandchildren.


Sunday, July 26, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, July 27, 2015
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Bruce Spencer,Jr on July 28, 2015
Dear Yvonne, Maryland and I extend our deepest sympathies for you and your family. I cherish our phone calls over the past few years with Les sharing Navy stories and the humorous incidents while training on the job. Les shared a great testimony of his faith in the Lord.
Posted by Nan Dammer on July 27, 2015
Yvonne, so sorry to hear of your dads passing....you are in my prayers.
Posted by Skye Thomsen on July 26, 2015
Yvonne and family--I want to extend my sympathy to you and your family. It was an honor to be able to say goodbye to your dad on Wednesday. I will always cherish his friendship and also our Honor Flight trip. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Posted by Mary(Ritterbusch) Pickard on July 26, 2015
So sorry to learn of Les ' passing. He taught me to waterski, and my Dad loved hunting with him. My condolences to you children. He is in a better place now, greeting his friends from Mitchell
Posted by Barb Jacobson on July 25, 2015
Yvonne and family
You are all in my Prayers. The Lord Is with you In your loss.
Posted by Allison Kueter(work) on July 24, 2015
Yvonne and family,
I am terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
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