JAMES J. JOHANNSEN, 64, of Marysville, Washington, died February
9, 1995 at home. He was born November 2,1930, at Huron to Julius
and Ruth (Housman) Johannsen. He attended schools in Huron.
He served from 1951 to 1953 in the Army during the Korean War.
With the exception of the time he spent in the military and from
1959 to 1960, when he lived in Chamberlain, he lived his entire
life in Beadle County.
On May 6, 1956, he married Ruby McMillan.
He was a mechanic at Rozum Ford, International Harvester, the
South Dakota State Highway Shop and the South Dakota State Fair. He
also owned JJ’s Repair, retiring in 1992.
He was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, where he
served on many boards and sang in the choir for 35 years.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 7, where he was
currently serving as post historian. He was a member since 1958,
and past president, of the Sioux Falls Horseless Carriage Club. He
was also a member of the Model A Club, a charter member of the Two
Cylinder Club of America, the Granite Thresherman’s Association
and the Prairie Village Historical Society.
He restored antique cars and farm machinery and served for 25
years on the Pioneer Museum Board, which displayed antique farm
machinery at the South Dakota State Fair. He announced many
parades, including those at Pioneer Acres Gas and Steam Show,
Granite Threshing Bee, Menno Power Show and Prairie Village.
He was a member of the Funsteppers Dance Club and sang in the
Barber Shop Chorus and the American Legion Mixed Chorus. He was
past member and caller for Buttons and Beaus Square Dance Club, and
was also a past member of the Eye Openers Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters and sons-in-law,
Sandra and Dennis Schilling and Julie and Roger Kropuenske; two
grandchildren; an uncle; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Submitted by Walter A. Taubeneck, 1180l-52nd Dr. NE, Marysville,