Publish date:

Minnesota couple married for 68 years die 1 day apart

"It seems only fitting," their obituaries say.
Robert and Corinne Johnson

The obituaries of a couple who married in 1951 are posted on the Saint Peter Funeral Home website, as they died just one day apart earlier this week. 

Robert and Corinne Johnson were married for 68 years, having wed Oct. 20, 1951 at a south-central Minnesota church "after spending most of the day harvesting in the fields," Robert Johnson's obituary says

Corinne passed away one day before Robert. 

"Robert and Corinne spent more than 68 years together and became each other's physical and mental support in later years. It seems only fitting that they would both pass into eternal life together, surrounded by those who loved them. Corinne died just one day before her beloved husband," the obituary explains. 

Corinne taught Sunday school while Robert farmed for 67 years, milking cows and raising champion pigs and chickens while also growing corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat. 

Together, they raised seven children who are said to have been very active in athletics and extracurricular activities. 

"She and Robert traveled thousands of miles across southern Minnesota to watch their kids compete," Corinne's obituary says. "In later years, you could count on her to know the score of a Twins, Vikings or any Gophers game she could find on TV."

Funeral services for the loving couple will be held jointly on Dec. 3 at Scandian Grove Lutheran Church.

Next Up

Tim Walz - YouTube - Screengrab

COVID-19: Gov. Walz reveals new actions to ease hospital strain

He's putting the National Guard on alert and expanding the emergency staffing pool.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Golden Valley man killed by driver in Alexandria

The man was hit near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Hawthorne Street Thursday morning.

Stock market chart

Ex-council member pleads guilty to stock manipulation scheme

Mark Allen Miller pleaded guilty alongside one other man to conspiracy to commit security fraud in U.S. District Court.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild: 5 things you can count on in the 2021-22 season

Can the Wild live up to their lofty expectations?

masks, schools

After petition, Minneapolis Schools reduces student COVID quarantine period

Close contacts previously had to quarantine for 14 days, but that's now reducing to 10.

Walz-May 6 - address

Walz to announce 'new action' on hospital capacity, expanding rapid testing

It comes as Minnesota's health system is facing it's biggest COVID challenge yet.

2021.10.14 - Simmons Item 2

Hidden room with explosive, guns found on indicted TikToker's property

The MN man has been indicted on numerous charges, including impersonating an officer.

718 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2019

Charges: Driver ran red light, crashed into woman on mobility scooter

The woman, who had the right of way, was thrown from the scooter and died.


Weekly COVID case rate rises in 73 counties

The highest case rates remain in greater Minnesota.

midwest rail

Twin Cities plays key role in new Midwest rail plan

The 40-year plan would mean 24 trips daily between the Twin Cities and Chicago.


Hennepin County marrying couples for free on Valentine's Day

You can say "I do" at no charge during your lunch break on Thursday

After 64 years of marriage, they died one day apart

The Detroit Lakes couple will be buried together on Tuesday.

After 64 years of marriage, they died one day apart

The Detroit Lakes couple will be buried together on Tuesday.

rain, raining

A couple of dry days before a wet weekend arrives in Minnesota

Some minor accumulations are possible if rain changes over to snow.