Rev. Paul Johnson
December 11, 1921 - January 10, 2015
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa
Resided In: Hodrege, NE formerly Alma, NE

Service 1/19/2015
Evergreen Cemetery
Burial 1/19/2015
Evergreen Cemetery

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Funeral Services for Reverend Paul O. Johnson will be held at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastors Murray Jones, Chaplain DeWane Dow, Bud Cole, Tom Thompson, and Don Covington co-officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Red Oak, Iowa on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Reverend Paul O. Johnson, 93 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska (formerly of Alma, Nebraska) passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege. Paul Oscar Johnson was born December 11, 1921 on a farm four miles west of Red Oak in Montgomery County, Iowa, the son of John George and Helga Marie (Svenson) Johnson. He was baptized at the Red Oak Mission Covenant Church and later accepted his Lord as his personal savior at the age of 16. He received his primary education at the Pleasant Dale Rural District School west of Red Oak and then Red Oak High School, graduating with the class of 1940.
On August 31, 1941 he was united in marriage to Mildred Evelyn Wines at Rockport, Missouri and to this union four children were born: Thomas, Paul, Miriam, and Martha. The couple resided on a farm near Red Oak. He and his wife, Millie began ministering to area churches by singing and preaching. While, Paul ministered, Millie used her artistic talents by creating chalk drawings, illustrating his message. Paul then began to pursue his calling to ministry as a missionary with the American Sunday School Union being commissioned in September of 1948. In 1950, the family moved to Essex, Iowa. While in Essex, Paul began to serve as a missionary with the American Sunday School Union. In 1958, they settled to Alma, where he continued as a missionary with A.S.S.U. and helped start and directed Camp Joy at Republican City for many years. Paul and Millie served side-by-side with rural bible schools, Sunday schools, and church services in many communities throughout Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. On May 4, 1967, Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Millie.
On January 29, 1970, Paul was united in marriage to Eula Belle (Fickess) Crosby at the Missionary Church in Lincoln, Nebraska by Reverend Engbrecht. At this time the couple began to make their home at 502 Eighth Street in Alma. Paul was ordained at Camp Joy into the Missionary Church on April 29, 1979. Eula continued to be supportive in Paulís ministry through the years of their marriage.
A highlight of their marriage was a trip in 1976, when Paul and Eula toured Sweden, where they met many of Paulís relatives. In 1986, they retired from the American Missionary Fellowship and later that year Paul began serving as the pastor of the Free Methodist Church of Alma, until his retirement in 1998. On April 24, 2011, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eula.
Besides his parents and both of his wives; Paul was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Michelle Hazlett; brothers: Clarence Johnson and his wife, Cecil and LeRoy Johnson and his wife, Helen Mae; sisters: Dorothy Johnson, Laura Bergstrom and her husband, Russell, Louise Speed and her husband, Tom, and Darlene Johnson; and brother-in-law, Elwyn Almquist.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his two sons: Tom Johnson and his wife, Lee of Port Angeles, Washington, and Paul H. Johnson of Huntsville, Texas; two daughters: Mim Hazlett and her husband, Tom of Holdrege, and Martha Johnson of Grand Junction, Colorado; step-daughter, Linda Culver and her husband, Bob of rural Orleans, Nebraska; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Alice Almquist of Shenandoah, Iowa and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. Ė 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. Ė 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in Paulís honor and kindly suggested to Camp Joy.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.


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