Marion G. "Slim" Johnson, age 92, of Menomonie, WI passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire, after a brief illness. \n \n He was born January 20, 1919 in Dunn County, Wisconsin to Emil and Matilda (Stensrud) Johnson, 9th in a family of 12 kids. \n \n As a teenager, he apprenticed as an electrician when electricity was first being installed on farms. He entered the U.S. Navy on July 17, 1941 and served on the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa, in the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters during W.W.II. During that time, he invented, designed and installed a buffer for the 8 inch naval gun to which he was assigned. Additional buffers were installed first on his ship and then on all 8 inch guns throughout the fleet. The captain knew he was working on something in that room, and trusted that he knew what he was doing. Slim later said he learned in the Navy "don't ask, just do". Slim received a commendation for his invention. After the war, he participated in the atom bomb tests on Bikini Island in the Pacific, which tested the effects of atomic bombs detonated in the air and under water. After the aerial explosion, Slim crawled amid explosion and radiation damaged parts of the test ship to install pumps to keep it afloat for the ensuing underwater detonation. \n \n After his discharge from the Navy, at Christmas of 1946, Slim married Jeanne Cornwell on Sept. 20, 1947 in Stillwater, MN. They had two children. \n \n Slim built a saw-mill which he traded for lumber for the house he built on weekends and evenings with his family. The family also worked together to enrich the soil and beautify their lakefront property. Living on the lake, they hosted family reunions for many years. Slim's large flowers beds were much admired and the subject of Stout photography students. He invented and built many practical mechanical devices and was a last resort for many people who brought things for him to fix. \n \n Following his naval service, Slim worked as an electrician locally until retirement. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, gardening, building things and observing wildlife. He was a dog and cat person, and a loving father. Since being widowed in 2009 he lived at Autumn Village in Menomonie, where he regaled staff with stories, singing and wrote poetry. He made many new friends and enjoyed recreational activities. \n \n He is survived by: \n His daughter, Carol Johnson of Corcoran, CA \n His son, Leonard Johnson of Wheeler \n A granddaughter, Shari (Al) Kading Menomonie \n Great-grandchildren, Brooke Frion, Brendan Frion and Isaiah Kading \n His sister Sophia, age 100, of South Dakota \n He is dearly loved and missed by his family and friends. \n \n He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jeanne; brothers and sisters, John, Herman, Alfred and Bill Watland, Dorothy (Watland) Wiedeman, Elmer Watland, Lester Johnson, Myrtle (Johnson) Johnston, Clarence and Lloyd Johnson. \n Slim's family wishes to thank the staff at Autumn Village for their loving care. \n \n Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2011 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Geoff Scott officiating. There will be visitation at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran Halvorson Cemetery with military honors by Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.