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Rick Johnson

Richard Allen Johnson, 71, of Northwood, ND, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 7, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church (NELC) in Northwood. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Rick was born February 12, 1950, to Norman and Margaret Johnson.  He attended Northwood High School, graduating in 1968 and attended Mayville State College where he attained degrees in business and social studies.

Rick was united in marriage to Renee on September 4, 1971, which was the start of the infamous Northwood duo “Rick and Renee.”  You rarely saw or spoke of one without the other.  Rick and Renee raised their two daughters, Heidi and Christine, of whom he was very proud.

Rick was a lifelong dedicated citizen to the community of Northwood.  He began washing cars at Krabbenhoft Chevrolet when he was 14 years old, which culminated to him purchasing the dealership in partnership with his brother, Robert, in 1984.  Rick loved his fast cars and managed to collect many over the years.  Krabbenhofts was a labor of love for Rick until his last days.

Rick was an active member of the Northwood Park Board for 12 years, where he spent countless hours grooming the ball diamonds and raising money for the city pool.  He was a member of the NELC congregation, where he was confirmed, and over the years served on the church council including as its President.  Rick also served as the mayor of Northwood for 12 years.  His tenure included guiding the city through the devastating tornado in 2007 and its recovery.  His mayor role also afforded him many trips to Washington D.C., which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Rick’s hobbies included several years of softball playing, collecting guns, and hunting with his friends and daughters.  Once Rick and Renee obtained grandparent status to MaKenna and Kinsley, the most popular hobby quickly became anything the grandkids were doing or wanted to do.  There was nothing he would not do for those girls. 

Rick’s dedication to family and his community will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Renee, daughters Heidi (Jason) Gader and Christine (Shawn) Gaffney; grandchildren MaKenna and Kinsley Gader, as well as brother Art Johnson and several in-laws, nieces, and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Ernie and Kate Johnson, brother Robert Johnson, sisters-in-law Shirley Johnson and Mary Ellen Franklin, and brother-in-law Darryl Ostlie.

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A candle was lit in memory of Rick Johnson

Robert Stavens Mar 4 2022 10:36 PM

Hello Renee, Bruce and I were so sad to hear of Rick's passing. We thoroughly enjoyed our visits discussing guns and Bruce and Rick's both love for the many guns they enjoyed looking at in Rick's collection. Bruce has thoroughly enjoyed the ones that he purchased from Rick and they have found a home with someone who cherishes them the way that Rick did. Bruce had made a connection with someone who had a passion for the same hobby and he will miss Rick. He had just talked to Rick a bit ago about coming up to see him but life was busy at the time and he didn't make it up to vist again with Rick which he now feels like he really missed seeing a friend again. Know we are thinking of you and if you would ever like to call/need a friend to just talke please call us. We would love to see you again if we get to Northwood from Minnesota! We did call the shop as Bruce was going to see if Rick was available to see this week only to find out he has made the journey to Heaven! Our sincere condolences go out to you and your girls whom you could tell Rick loved so much! If you would ever like to vist please do call 320-808-4866. Thinking of you,

Bruce and Deb Blair Feb 9 2022 9:35 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rick Johnson

Kathy Hoekstra-Greener Feb 7 2022 5:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rick Johnson

Lana Hagen-Chiodo Feb 7 2022 4:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rick Johnson

Ken Hassler Feb 7 2022 12:05 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rick Johnson

Derek & Teresa Sogge - Jake, Nick, & Greyson Feb 7 2022 10:35 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rick Johnson

Tanya Vaughn Feb 7 2022 1:24 AM

Mr. Johnson was always such a kind and respectful man toward others. I know such a man will be greatly missed by those who knew him best and cherished him in their hearts, so to those I extend my deepest condolences. May today's sadness turn to tomorrow's joy as all of Mr. Johnson's fine memories are remembered. Isaiah 26:19; Psalms 37:29

Mrs. Ann Meier Feb 7 2022 1:23 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rick Johnson

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A candle was lit in memory of Rick Johnson

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