Memorial Service Held for Henry M. Johanson

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TURLOCK, CA (December 16, 2003)  – A memorial service was held on Saturday at  the Covenant Village of Turlock for retired ordained Covenant pastor  Henry M. Johanson, who died last Wednesday at Emanuel Medical Center in  Turlock.

Johanson, a former director of Christian education for what is now known  as the Pacific Southwest Conference, had been living at Covenant Village  for many years, said Covenant Village of Turlock chaplain Bob Atkins.  Atkins and Robert “Bob” Anderson officiated at Saturday’s service.

The 88-year-old Johanson was born March 14, 1915, in Kingsburg,  California, and earned his undergraduate degree from San Jose State  College (now university) in 1941. He married Kezia Rudin in San Jose on  June 14, 1942, after serving as interim pastor at Maplewood Covenant  Church in Chicago. After they married, Johanson was assistant pastor at  what is now Edgebrook Covenant Church for one year. He also completed  his ministerial education at North Park Theological Seminary, earning  his diploma in 1943.

Johanson served from 1943 to 1950 at Mission Covenant Church in  Stockton, California, and was ordained during the 1947 Annual Meeting of  the Evangelical Covenant Church. After six years (1950-56) at First  Mission Covenant Church in Moline, Illinois, Johanson became director of  Christian education for the conference from 1956-61. He then returned to  a full-time church pastorate at Trinity Covenant Church in Minneapolis,  Minnesota, and then served as an interim pastor for two Evangelical  United congregations while taking class work at St. Cloud State College  in 1967.

Following a four-year period (1968-72) at Richland Covenant Church in  Richland, Michigan, Johanson served at four churches in interim  pastorates – including five years at First Covenant Church in Fort  Dodge, Iowa – before retiring in 1980.

Two children, Karen and Bonnie, and six grandchildren survive Johanson.  His wife, Kezia, preceded him in death.

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