Lillian Johnson

Lillian H. Johnson, 97 of Kearney passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Mother Hull Home in Kearney. Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kearney. The Rev. Doug Gaunt officiated. Burial was held at Minden Cemetery prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. Visitation was 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2 at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.

Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church. Condolences may be shared online at Services were entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services. 

Lillian was born July 28, 1922 in Bloomington, Nebraska to John and Katie (Dorn) Fritson. She was raised in Bloomington and was a 1940 graduate of Bloomington High School. On October 31, 1948, Lillian was united in marriage to Edsel Johnson at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden. To this union two children were blessed; Kay and Kim. The couple made their home on a farm four miles east of Minden where they farmed and raised cows, chickens, sheep and lambs. Lillian was no stranger to hard work as she helped with many tasks on the farm. She later worked at the Minden Hospital for several years. Edsel and Lillian moved to Kearney in 1990 where they were members of Zion Lutheran Church and School.

Lillian was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden and was very active as a Sunday school teacher and was a charter member of the Ruth Society. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary, DAV Auxiliary and TOPS. Lillian enjoyed tending to the chickens, her garden and flowers.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Kay (David) Banner of Kearney; son, Kim (Cindy) Johnson of Holdrege; grandchildren, Jamie (Jake) Richards, Jim (Jennifer) Johnson, Jessica (Brent) Husted, David (Kristi) Banner, Gary (Manny) Banner, and Candis Dodd; 10 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jeannie Fritson of Hildreth, NE; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 brothers; 3 sisters; and 3 nephews.