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Wayne L. Johnson, 67, of Sharon, ND passed away on May 4, 2013 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by his loving family after a courageous eight month battle with ALS. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, rural Hatton, ND. A visitation will be held Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 pm prayer service at the Bilden Funeral Home in Northwood.
Wayne was born August 19, 1945 at Northwood, ND to Norris and Clara (Beck) Johnson. He attended country school and then went to high school at Northwood Public School, graduating from there in in 1963. After graduation, he farmed on the family farm. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1969. He was in the army for two years and was stationed in Aschaffenburg, Germany for one of those years. Following the military, Wayne returned home and continued his passion of farming and ranching with his family. The farm was very important to him where he tended to dairy cows, stock cows, farming, mechanic work/fixing, welding and Vermeer Baler Sales. He married Mary Sondreal on November 24, 1972 at Crookston, MN.
Wayne spent many years serving as township assessor, was on the Beaver Creek Church cemetery committee and was also on the Northwood Oil Board. Things he enjoyed were collecting guns, hunting, camping, gun auctions, rodeos and demolition derbies. He loved spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren.
Wayne always had a smile on his face and his positive outlook on life was evident to everyone he met. He loved visiting with people and made friends wherever he traveled. His big heart, caring nature, non-judgmental attitude and practical ways were respected by all his friends and family. He will be deeply missed by many.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mary; daughters: Rendi (Shane) Johnson-Ebach, Northwood, ND, and Darci (Joe) Schettler, Killdeer, ND; grandchildren: Piper Ebach, Taylen and Ali Schettler; sisters: Verna Stave, Northwood, ND, Rose (Lynn) Teie, Thief River Falls, MN, Tammy (Paul) Hofer, Northwood, ND; Brothers: Keith (Becky) Johnson, Sharon, ND, Leslie (Marci) Johnson, Sharon, ND, Brian (Laurel) Johnson, Hatton, ND; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and sister-in-law Patty Johnson.
Clergy: Pastor Sheri Fadley
Soloist: Virgil Sheggerud
Casket bearers: Bob Fossum, Larry Grina, Douglas Morkve, Andy Meldahl, Dennis Sanda, Eddie Sherva
Interment: Beaver Creek Cemetery
May peace be with you.
Brian Cariveau May 9 2013 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and Prayers go out to your family. Wayne was a good guy to talk to.
Darrell &Paulette Bittner May 7 2013 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathies are with you. Wayne was a great man and will always live through the memories he has left us. Joe, Em, Arlo, Morgan, and Ian Vesey
Emily Vesey May 7 2013 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Greg and Amy Andersen May 7 2013 12:00 AM
We were sorry to hear of Waynes passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jim & Penny Leland
Penny Leland May 7 2013 12:00 AM
Sharing the ache in your heart for the loss of a man who always had a story and smile to share. Wayne left an impression on every person he met. He loved his family dearly as evidenced in his joy to spend time with you all. Hoping you can find peace in the days ahead.
Deb FFossum May 6 2013 12:00 AM
Rosie Johnk May 6 2013 12:00 AM
Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Dad always appreciated Wayne and the help of the Johnson Family. Wayne was the one who helped dad when he had his strokes and helped mom get dad into the car and to the hospital. I will always remember that act of kindness and it is also mentioned how caring Wayne was which I read in the Obituary. I hope the memories of Wayne's life will sustain you in your next months working through his death. passing. I will not be able to attend the family service or funeral. Please express my condolences to the brothers and sisters plus family of Wayne. David Walsvik
David Walsvik May 6 2013 12:00 AM
Pat Bambrick May 6 2013 12:00 AM
My heart goes out to the wonderful family of Wayne. He was a very special man who I will forever remember in my heart.
Shauna Bang May 6 2013 12:00 AM