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Wayne D. Johnson, of Maple Ridge, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020 at his home.  He was 72 years old.

GRAVESIDE & INTERMENT will be private and for immediate family only held at the Siloa Lutheran Cemetery with Pastor Mary Fiel officiating.  The family regrets that this is necessary and looks forward to announcing a public Celebration of Wayne’s Life when conditions allow.

Wayne Donald Johnson, of Maple Ridge, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020 at his home. He was 72 years old.

Wayne was born on April 11, 1948 at the Braham Hospital to parents Donald and Adeline (Lahners) Johnson. He attended the Day rural school through the 8th grade before graduating from Braham High School in 1966. Wayne worked at the Cambridge State Hospital for a number of years before student teaching at the University of Minnesota. While working at the U of M, Wayne pursued and completed a master’s degree in Scandinavian Language studies. In his later years, Wayne was self-employed as a weaver.

Wayne liked to garden, do crossword puzzles, and enjoyed various types of music. In the last several years he enjoyed attending the senior dances at local establishments. Wayne was a lifelong member of the Siloa Lutheran Church and was involved in various capacities over the years. He will be dearly missed.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his sister Janet (Clarence) Blum of Cold Spring; brother Thomas of Maple Ridge; 3 nephews and 1 niece and their families; as well as many friends, including his many senior dance friends.


10 thoughts on “WAYNE D. JOHNSON”

  1. Condolences to the family of Wayne Johnson. I remember Wayne as a shy, quiet student. Later in his life he blossomed in his Swedish language studies and weaving talents. I have great admiration for his artistic talents and perseverance in learning of his family’s Swedish culture.

  2. My sincere sympathy in the loss of dear Wayne!! Wayne and I had many hours of volunteering together at the Braham Event Center and he was my dancing partner. I will miss Wayne and the fun times we spent together dancing and working side by side serving at events at BEC. I will miss his great sense of humor and big smile!! God gained a great angel in heaven!!!

  3. Our sincerest sympathies to Wayne’s family and friends. This is such a great loss to us. Wayne was our Swedish language teacher at church and tried so hard to get us to learn the language before a trip we took to Sweden. He was SO patient with us! It gave us such a great opportunity to get to know him better. we will greatly miss him.

  4. I met Wayne when we were both in sixth grade. We were both shy, so we never talked much until later years. I would see him at funerals for the folks from the Day community and we would reminisce. And we danced at out 50th high school reunion.
    Wayne made many friends and was a fixture in the Day neighborhood. We will miss him.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing. He led an interesting life and was a fantastic weaver. I am so lucky to have a few of his weavings. Wayne will be greatly missed.

  6. Our sympathy, love and prayers to the Johnson family. Wayne was a special neighbor and friend to us for many years. We will miss his friendly wave when passing by our place, the knowledge he shared of the history of our neighborhood, his presence at our monthly Whist card club nights, and the many talents he so generously shared with our Siloa church congregation. He was a kind, smart gentleman who is going to be missed so very much. He is now dancing in Heaven!

  7. Condolences to Waynes family.
    Wayne spoke the Swedish language so well, and I especially remember his visit in Sweden 1994. It was good to get to know him. When I visited Howard I was also always invited to your home.
    Lars Larsson, Sweden

  8. My sincere sympathy to all of Wayne’s family and friends, at this sad time. Wayne was my third cousin, and although we never met, I felt I knew him somewhat through our letters over the years. It was a special day here (in Western New York), when a letter or card from Wayne arrived in his distinctive handwriting! My mother could read and write Swedish, so they had a nice correspondence. He helped us with the family genealogy, and the family history he wrote is priceless to me. I am also glad to have some of his weavings, what beautiful work. It’s nice to see he had so many friends and interests, thank you all for sharing these here.

  9. My condolences to Tom and Janet and family. I’ve so enjoyed getting together with Wayne over the past years when I visited Minnesota. He helped me immensely with my genealogy search on the Melquist/Akerland side of the family and I treasure the copies of letters and other research he shared with me, as well as stories of his research effort. He always came to a cousin family get-together in Center City, and later Chisago City, when we had them, and will be missed.

  10. I’m saddened by the news of Wayne’s passing. Our condolances to the family and friends. My father, Harry Engebretsen, was a third cuisin of Wayne. Last time I met Wayne was during his trip to sweeden in 1994. I remember Wayne as a kind and knowledgable person, with a great interest in the family tree. He joined my parents (Harry and Solveig) on a summer vacation through Norway, where he got to see the mountains stating: “It’s like a never ending national park”.

    Best regards
    Svein Engebretsen

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