Arnold G. Johnson, age 83, of Newport, formerly of Cokato, went home peacefully early Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, at his residence.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7000 Hinton Ave., Cottage Grove, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Arnold was born March 8, 1935, in Lake Preston, SD, to Norman Johnson and Cordelia Soward Johnson. He was baptized at the Lutheran church, and was an active member of numerous Lutheran churches throughout his lifetime.
Arnold graduated from Brookings High School, having excelled in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He went on to graduate from South Dakota State University, Brookings as a proud and accomplished Jack Rabbit.
He was inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Arnold married his high school sweetheart, Janice Johannsen, June 3, 1954. The union resulted in four children: Becky (Allan) Sorenson of Dassel; Greg Johnson of Memphis, TN; Brad (Bev) Johnson of Avon Lake, OH; and Jeff (Robin) Johnson of Port St. Lucie, FL.
Arnold’s career included time as a South Dakota highway patrolman and a police officer, before becoming an insurance adjuster, and later an insurance salesman.
He continued his athletic pursuits after retirement, golfing in numerous tournaments, and winning trophies, money, and even a diamond ring for his sweetheart. As an accomplished bowler, he bowled a perfect 300 game.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Janice of Newport; his children; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Always the life of any party or family gathering, Arnold was a generous friend of adults and children alike. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.