Norman Kenneth Johnson, age 91, of Dassel, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
He was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Collinwood Township, Meeker County, to Nathaniel “Tanney” and Ella (Bollman) Johnson. Norman grew up on the family farm and attended country school for his education.
He was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church at the time of his death.
Norman was united in marriage to Blanche (Olson) Nelson June 25, 1955, in Minneapolis. They made their home on the Johnson family farm.
Norman was born, raised, lived, and worked the farm until he retired from farming a few years ago, and moved to the Lakeside Apartments in 2008.
He loved nature and took great pride in a job well done. Norman was a quiet man who spoke little, but when he spoke, you knew that you needed to listen. He enjoyed hunting deer, fishing, and ran a trap line well into his 70s.
Norman was proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will deeply be missed by his family and his friends.
Norman is survived by his children, Bob (Noni) Nelson of Blaine, Marion Nelson of Minneapolis, and Barbara (David) Anderson of Brooklyn Park; seven grandchildren, Cheri Lynch, Lori (Les) Aakre, Tom (Connie) Nelson, Deborah (Sean) McCabe, Joe (Shawna) Nelson, Dave (Amy) Nelson, and Troy (Jennifer) Nelson; 22 great-grandchildren; and seven great, great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his nephew, Harvey (Shirley) Malmborg; great niece, Sharon (Ron) Moe, and their daughters, Stephanie and Ashley.
Norman was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche; a son, Jim Nelson; his parents; a brother, Reuben Johnson; and three sisters, Irene Malmborg, Laura Johnson, and Frances Johnson.
A memorial service took place Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Revs. John Peterson and Steven Olson officiating. Interment of the urn followed the service at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
There was a time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of the memorial arrangements.