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Klemens Joel Johnson, 89, a World War II veteran who spent much of his working life in construction, died Feb. 25, 2013, at the Advanced Care Hospital in Billings.
He was born in Myers on March 8, 1923, to Herman and Elida (Pearson) Johnson. He graduated from Hysham High School in 1942. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and fought in Europe during World War II, earning a Purple Heart while serving under Gen. George S. Patton.
He married Arlene Dinsmoore on June 25, 1949, in Billings. While the couple never had children, they helped raise a nephew, Doug Dinsmoore.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson lived in Hysham and Missoula before settling in Billings. Like his father and much of the Johnson family, he worked in construction. He also spent time in the late 1940s working as a mechanic at his brother Albin’s car lot.
In his later years, he tinkered around his “ranchette” on 72nd Street, fiddling with his car or fixing his buildings.
Survivors include his wife and a nephew, Doug Dinsmoore of Gillette, Wyo.
Military services and interment were held March 1 at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin. Services were March 2 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Billings. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.