Arden Johnson, 87

Arden Ronald Johnson, 87, of Cokato, passed away January 9 at the Gardens of Winsted.

He was born Nov. 1, 1934 in Sisseton, SD, the son of Lester and Gladys (German) Johnson.

Arden graduated from Peever, SD High School, and later attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis.

Arden and Berdine Wartenbee were joined in holy marriage in Watertown, SD Feb. 26, 1955. God blessed their marriage with four children.

He worked at Minnesota Rubber and Gasket for several years. Arden then became a letter carrier in Hopkins with the US Postal Service, eventually became a postal supervisor, and ended his career as the postmaster in Winsted before retiring.

Arden enjoyed construction. He went on two construction missions in Haiti and Alaska. Arden was also a very active member of the Assembly of God Church in Cokato.

Arden had his private pilot’s license. and built two airplanes. He also enjoyed buying low-mileage cars that had been in accidents, fixing them up, and selling them – mostly to family members at cost.

Arden is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Berdine; sons Rick (Diane) Johnson of Sacramento, CA, Mark (Becky) Johnson of St. Cloud, and Bryan (Sheri) Johnson of Dassel; son-in-law Al Jones of Cokato; 10 grandchildren, and 24great-grandchildren.

Arden was the oldest of 10 children, and is further survived by two brothers and six sisters. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Jones; twin grandsons; his parents, and brother, Dwayne.

Funeral services for Arden Johnson will take place Thursday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Highland Community Church in Cokato. Pastors Harlan Wartenbee and Al Jones will officiate. Interment at Sylvan Cemetery, rural Cokato.

A visitation will take place Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted from 5 to 7 p.m. Further visitation will take place Thursday, Jan. 20 at the church, one hour prior to services.

Casket bearers will be Matthew Johnson (grandson), Bo Johnson (grandson), Bradley Barthel (grandson-in-law), Zander Barthel (great grandson), Lance Stenck (grandson-in-law), Jarrid Lemke (grandson-in-law), Joshua Garland (grandson-in-law) and Mike Yonker (nephew).

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

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