St. Hilaire - Douglas L. Johnson, 65, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at his home in St. Hilaire.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in St. Hilaire, with Rev. Mary Hanson Officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793, American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117 and the Minnesota National Guard. Interment will be held at Community Cemetery, St. Hilaire.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Douglas LeRoy Johnson was born Dec. 8, 1948 in Thief River Falls, the son of Ahlert and Dorothy (Wilhelm) Johnson. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church, St. Hilaire. He attended school through the eighth grade at St. Hilaire and then went to Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, where he graduated in 1966.
From Feb. 14, 1967 to Feb. 12, 1971, Douglas served in the United States Air Force as a jet mechanic, during the Vietnam War. After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Thief River Falls.
On March 2, 1975, Douglas was united in marriage to Judy Gudvangen in Gatzke. The couple made their home in Thief River Falls and four children were born to this union: Garrett, Shawn, Julie and Joanie.
He was a bartender, farmed and drove school bus for Middle River School district; he worked 14 years as an over the road trucker, for Wedul Trucking and some independent trucking. Since 1996, he was a trucker for Davidson Construction and in 2010, Douglas retired due to ill health. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and spearing, cheering on the Twins, riding his four-wheeler and spending winters in Arizona. Most of all he loved the time spent with his children and grandchildren.
Douglas is survived by children: Garrett (Anita) Johnson, St. Hilaire, Shawn (Jessica) Johnson, Thief River Falls, Julie (Rory) Hodgson, Roosevelt, and Joanie (Jesse) Johnson, Roseau; three grandchildren: Tracy, Jason and Katie; a brother: Ron (Linda) Johnson, Thief River Falls; aunt Sylvia Groom of McAllen, Texas; uncle Earl (Billie) Wilhelm of California.
He was preceded in death by parents and grandparents along with aunts and uncles.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.