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Kenneth H. Johnson, 74

Kenneth Harold Johnson, age 74, of Chaska, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at his home.

The funeral service will take place Monday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at Christ Victorious Lutheran Church, 9860 Shady Oak Drive, Chaska, with the Rev. Paul Biebighauser officiating. Interment will take place in Jackson.

Pallbearers will be Brandon, Mitchell, Luke, Isaac, and Noah Johnson, and Alec and Taylor Toft.

Visitation was Sunday, May 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and will continue Monday one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska.

Ken was born Aug. 4, 1938, in Mountain Lake, to Harold and Sigfried (Kulseth) Johnson, one of three children.

He graduated from Jackson High School in 1956.

After high school, he proudly served his country as a member of the National Guard, and was discharged as a master sergeant.

Ken married Barbara Toft Aug. 22, 1959, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson, and they had three sons: Mark, Brian, and Paul.

Ken and Barb were residents of Lester Prairie for 25 years, prior to moving to Chaska.

An entrepreneur who owned several businesses within the agricultural industry, Ken was also a well-respected member of the Western Saddle Club Association, where he served as a member of the board of directors and a coordinator at the Championship Show. Ken held judge’s cards in WSCA, POA, and 4-H, where he was well-known for his thoughtful assessment of the competitors.

Sharing his faith was important; Ken served as an active member in his church.

He truly enjoyed spending time with his family, and found great joy in traveling with Barb to his many grandchildren’s events. His warm personality and ready smile also made him an honorary grandpa to so many others.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barb; mother, Sigfried Johnson of Jackson; children Mark Johnson, Brian (Carla) Johnson, all of Jackson, and Paul (Stacy) Johnson of Blue Earth; grandchildren Brandon, Kirsten, Kelsey, Halle, Luke, Sarah, Rachel, Isaac, Mitchell, Hannah, Kaitlin, and Noah; and great-grandchildren Keegan, Tayson, and Breayah.

He is further survived by a sister, Marilyn (Mark) Nasby of Shakopee.

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Harold Johnson; and a brother, Lowell Johnson.