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October 24, 2020

9/21/2020 1:01:00 PM
Marlene (Marney) Francis Johnson
b. Sept. 7, 1935 d. Sept. 18, 2020

Marlene (Marney) Frances Johnson (Wild), age 85, of Whipolt, Minnesota passed away on September 18th, 2020 in Walker, Minnesota after a rapid four-month battle with cancer.

Marlene was born on September 7th, 1935 in Mahtomedi, Minnesota to Ferdinand Wild and Frances Wild (Sullwold). She grew up in Mahtomedi and met her future husband Gordon Hicks in high school. They were married in 1952 and moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Together they had three children, and Gordon passed away in 1979. After his death, Marlene met and married Lance Johnson in 1980. During their 40 years together they owned and operated ranch farms in Nevis, Minnesota and Hamilton and Lewiston, Montana. The pair enjoyed traveling a great deal and spent many years driving their RV between Arizona, Alaska, Minnesota, Montana, and everywhere in between. Marlene was a wonderful cook and baker, loved to read, and always enjoyed happy hour with Lance and friends. Marlene was loved by many and will be missed greatly. She is survived by her husband, Lance Johnson; sons, Gordon (Sandra) Hicks Jr., Daniel Hicks, Andrea (Paul) Burnham, and Jason (Carmen) Johnson; several grandchildren; and sister Elizabeth Komonko (passed on September 19th, 2020).

She is preceded in death by husband Gordon Hicks; daughter Janis Strasser; granddaughter Ginger Hicks; brothers Kenneth Wild, Clarence Wild, and Keith Wild; and sister Elaine Ristrom.

Private family services will be held on Wednesday September 23rd. Memorials can be sent to your charity of choice.

Marlene's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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