JOHNSON, MAX C. DR. - Minnehaha County, South Dakota | MAX C. DR. JOHNSON - South Dakota Gravestone Photos


Dell Rapids Cemetery - Dell Rapids Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

Birth: Sep. 19, 1919
Death: Apr. 2, 2005

Ruth Boyd Johnson was born on September 19, 1919 in Arlington, South Dakota, to Peter A. and Rachel (Rogness) Boyd. She grew up in Sioux Falls were she was active at First Lutheran Church. Ruth graduation from Washington Senior High School and received her teaching certificate from Augustana College. She taught school in Canistota until 1942 when she married Lieutenant Max Carlton Johnson in Big Springs, Texas on November 6, 1942

Following her husband's discharge from the Army Air Corps, they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he attended dental school. In 1950, they moved to Dell Rapids where he attended dental school. In 1950, they moved to Dell Rapids where Dr. Johnson practiced dentistry for eighteen years. During this time, Ruth was active in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids, PTA, Chapter AD, P.E.O, Dell Rapids Women's Club, Pasque Petals, and Women's' Painting Group. She was also a member of the Augustana Fellows.

In 1968 the family moved to Watertown where her husband developed and became director of Health Occupations at Lake Area Vocational-Technical Institute. While in Watertown, Ruth was the Parish Educator at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. She was also active in Chapter V., P.E.O., Women's Study Group and Artist's League. Ruth started the first South Dakota Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She worked tirelessly and passionately to raise funds for diabetes research, the education of the public about juvenile diabetes, and to offer compassion and hope to the families of children struggling with the disease.

In 1989 they moved back to Dell Rapids.

Survivors included four children, Janine (Adrian) Mohr, Sioux Falls; Dr. Geoffrey (Betty) Johnson, Brookings; Marti (Jerry) Pollard, Yankton; and Sarah Johnson, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Matthew Mohr; Micah Siegel; Amanda Ward; Jennifer Olson; Anne Johnson; Paul Johnson; Michael Pollard; Kasia Pollard; and Eric Pollard; nine great grandchildren; Michaela and Nathan Mohr; Sydney and Sam Siegel; Noah, Ireland, and Bauer Ward; Jonah Olson; and Mason Hendrixon; one sister, Opal Stime, Brookings, numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friend.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband in 1995; two brothers; and five sisters. Memorial may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Max C.
Birth: Apr. 17, 1918
Death: Apr. 5, 1995

Max Johnson was born April 17, 1918, in St. Charles, IL., the son of Carl and Cora Johnson. He grew up and attended school in Watertown, graduating from Watertown High School in 1937. He attended Augustana College from 1938 to 1941. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and was dual-rated as bombardier / navigator. After his discharge in 1945, he attended Marquette University and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1950.

Dr. Johnson married Ruth Boyd November 6, 1942, in Big Springs, TX. In 1950, they moved to Dell Rapids where he practiced dentistry for 18 years. In 1968, they moved to Watertown where he developed and became Director of Health Occupations at Lake Area Vocational-Technical Institute. He retired in 1980. In 1989, they moved back to Dell Rapids.

He was a member of the American Dental Association, the South Dakota Dental Association, the American Society of Dentistry for Children, Academy of General Dentistry, Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity, Sioux Land Dental Study Club, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of Augustana College, and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy of Dentistry.

Dr. Johnson was president and vice president of the Second District Dental Society; president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Dentistry for Children; Chairman of the Committee on Dental Health; member of the South Dakota Dental Association Board of Trustees; Program Chairman, South Dakota Dental Association.

He was involved in numerous civic affairs including Dell Rapids Alderman, Acting Mayor of Dell Rapids, chairman of various fund drives, past president of the Dell Rapids Lions Club, member of the American Legion, member of the Department Band of the American Legion, charter member of the Dell Rapids Sportsman's' Club, chairman of the Community Betterment Program, Advisory Board of the Lake Area Mental Health Cemetery, and a member of the Watertown Rotary Club.

He was a former deacon, trustee and president of the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids; a member of the Building Committee for the Education Unit and new church; a member of the Organizational Board for the Bethesda Old People's Home; and past congregational president of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Walter.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Ruth of Dell Rapids; a son, Dr. Geoffery Johnson and his wife, Elizabeth, of Brookings; three daughters, Janine (Mrs. Adrian) Mohr of Aberdeen, Marti (Mrs. Jerry) Pollard of Yankton, and Sarah Johnson of Sioux Falls; and nine grandchildren,

Memorial may be directed t the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Contributed on 4/20/09 by dellsfig68
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Submitted: 4/20/09 • Approved: 4/22/09 • Last Updated: 8/14/15 • R6812-G6810-S3

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