AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Dean C. Johnson, of Mora, MN, died on Monday, June 22, 2015 at his home. He was 93 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Thursday, JULY 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.
INURNMENT will be at Borgholm Cemetery in Bock.
Memorials are preferred to the St. Croix Hospice, 38794 – 6th Ave., Suite 105, North Branch, MN 55056
Dean C. Johnson, age 93, died on June 22, 2015 in Mora, Minnesota.
Dean was born on May 17, 1922 in Bogus Brook Township, Minnesota to parents Axel A. and Esther Johnson.
Dean is survived by his wife Victoria Drake-Johnson; sister Janice Leith; children: Marcia Johnson, Christine Connolly, Charles Johnson (Sherry), Mark Johnson and Scott Johnson; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Eleanor Gramradt and Nancy Keefe and brothers Burton and Merlin Johnson.
In April 1943, Dean joined the U.S. Army Air Force and obtained the rank of Second Lt. He was stationed at Douglas Army Air Force Base as a B17 instructor in the Pilot School. Near the end of the war, he was transferred overseas. One of the missions he flew was “Operation Chowhound” flying food into the Netherlands to feed nearly 3 million Dutch after the Germans opened all the dykes and flooded the country.
In May 1950, Dean borrowed $3500 from his father to start Arcon Construction that became a very successful heavy construction business. One of his first jobs was paving Central Avenue in NE Minneapolis. Arcon had the first portable concrete batch plant in Minnesota and was involved in building out the interstate system in the Upper Midwest. In 1976, Arcon was selected as the “National Contractor of the Year” and the “Minnesota Contractor of the Year”. Over the years, Arcon was awarded numerous awards for excellence.
In 1978, Dean purchased a majority interest in the Commercial State Bank of Two Harbors, Minnesota. Dean had served as a Director of the Kanabec State Bank in Mora, Minnesota for 25 years. The Chamber of Commerce of Two Harbors recognized the Commercial State Bank as the “Employer of the Year” for the banks contributions to the community of Two Harbors.
In 1980, Dean flew Arcon’s 50 permanent employees and spouses to South Padre Island for a week’s vacation to celebrate the Company’s 30th year and to especially show appreciation to his employees. Dean and his companies were very well respected and known for honesty and high quality of work.
Dean was also very involved in the community of Mora, Minnesota. He served two terms as Mayor and served as President of the Development Corporation, the City Planning Commission and the Mora Utilities Commission. It was during his term as President of the Development Corporation that the organization was successful in influencing Fingerhut Manufacturing to locate a facility in Mora. He also was President and a Director of the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota and the Associated General Contractors. In addition, he also served as a Past Master of the Mora Masonic Lodge and belonged to the Zurah Shriners.
Other than running his many businesses, he enjoyed flying, especially his aerobatic planes, riding motorcycles, traveling in his motor home and sailing.
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora at 11:00 am with a luncheon to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dean’s life. The family would like to thank the Visiting Angels and the St. Croix Hospice group. The family request that memorials be sent to St. Croix Hospice in North Branch. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.