Alton Richard “Dick” Johnson, age 87, of St. Francis died December 1, 2012 at the Elim Home in Milaca. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, December 6th at Long Lake Lutheran Church in Isanti with Pastor Matt Flom and Pastor Tyler Gubsch officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Egelund Cemetery in Rochert, Minnesota.
Alton Richard “Dick” Johnson was born February 4, 1925 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota to John and Anna (Engberg) Johnson. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1942. Dick served his country in the US Army during WWII. He was always very proud of his military service and especially being a part of the Co. H 515 Parachute Infantry, 13th Airborne Division. He was previously married and had seven children. Dick gained another three “bonus children” on May 7, 1977 when he married Georgene Asp. He worked as a General Contractor and partner of D.W. Harstad for 45 years in Fridley and Ham Lake. Dick loved building things and especially liked working with oak. He made several oak items for Long Lake Lutheran Church. He was very much a part of the church. Dick also enjoyed playing cards and he loved poetry.
Alton Richard Johnson passed away December 1, 2012 at the Elim Home in Milaca at the age of 87 years, 9 months and 27 days. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by seven siblings; Jerry, Eddy, Gene, Effie, Ethel “Pat”, Otto “Bill”, and Arnold “Woody”.
Dick will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Georgene; seven children, Sue (Frank) Krzytofiak, Meredith (Nick) Smith, Bruce (Brenda) Johnson, Mark Johnson, Karen (Terry) Schmitz, Kristin Smith, and Amy (Steve) Senger; three bonus children, Deanna Hartman, Tracy (Glen) Grell, and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Koppendrayer; two sisters, Ida Odegaard and Delores Odegaard; 17 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and by many other relatives and friends.