ROCK-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
Floyd A. Johnson, of Los Altos, California; formerly of Grandy and Shakopee, Minnesota; passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 at his home. He was 100 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Walker officiating.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.
Floyd A. Johnson, a native Minnesotan who grew up in Grandy, MN and became a successful businessman and founder of Johnson Block & Ready Mix, Inc. in Shakopee, MN. He died at his home in Los Altos, CA on April 21, 2017. He was the first in his family to become a centenarian.
Born in St. Paul, MN, October 24, 1916, to Elmer and Ellen (Hallstrom) Johnson, he attended The Stakes School near Grandy, where he completed 8th grade. He worked on his parents’ farm prior to marrying Delores V. Larson, also of Grandy, November 22, 1941 in Cambridge, MN. After joining the Army and attending basic training at Ft. Lewis near Tacoma, WA, he was stationed at Ft. Shafter in Honolulu, Hawaii, until honorably discharged in 1945.
Returning to Minnesota, he attend correspondence classes on building construction through the American Technical Society at the same time he worked as an independent general contractor and a concrete block maker for the Oscar Roberts Co., in Edina, MN. Continuing his correspondence and night school studies, he advanced into sales and management. In 1971 he left his position as general manager for Oscar Roberts and started the Johnson-Bigler Block and Ready-Mix Co., in Shakopee, MN, with business partner Jack Bigler.
A member of the freemasonry fraternal organization and long active in the state’s concrete masonry industry, Floyd was recognized in 1980 by the Minnesota Concrete & Masonry Contractors Association for outstanding contributions to the industry. After the death of his business partner in 1986, Floyd bought the outstanding shares of the company and renamed the company Johnson Block and Ready Mix, Inc.
Upon retirement when his company was sold in the early 1990s, he and Delores remained in Shakopee until 2012 when they moved to Los Altos, CA, to live with their daughter, Elaine Gray.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Elmer and Ellen; his wife Delores; his step-brother Theodore; his step-sisters Gladys and Irene; his brother Leroy; and his sisters Jannette, Ruth and Joyce.
He is survived by his sisters LaVerne Pfouts (OH) and Della Mae Pearson (MN); his brother Roger (Lorna) Johnson (MN); his daughter Elaine Gray (CA); his son Dennis Johnson (MD); and his grandchildren Max Hoglund (CA), Trevor Johnson (CT) and Victoria Johnson (DC).