Roger Johnson, of Cambridge, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the Cambridge Medical Center. He was 88 years old.
A Private Family burial was held at the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.
Roger James Johnson of Cambridge, formerly of Stanchfield, Minnesota passed away on Thursday December 17, 2020 at the Cambridge Medical Center. He was 88 years old.
Roger was born September 21, 1932 in Grandy, Minnesota, the son of Elmer and Ellen (Hallstrom) Johnson. Roger attended school in Cambridge. He developed his passion for fishing and baseball at a young age.
Roger married Lorna Lindblad in a double wedding with Loris Lindblad and Walen Swenson on October 5, 1957 at Stanchfield Baptist church. They initially resided in Minneapolis and moved to their family farm in Stanchfield when their children, Ronald and Rhonda, were young. They made this their home until August of 2016 when they moved to Pine Village in Cambridge. While living in the country, he loved roaming around on the big lawn mower and hauling his grandkids around in the attached wagon.
Roger was employed at Arrow Tank Engineering for over 35 years as a welder. He loved going to Herman’s Bakery with the guys after work. After retirement, he continued his bakery visits with church friends. Roger had a passion for Jesus, his church where he served many years as a deacon and elder, fried chicken (especially the Brass Rail), the MN Twins, and the Vikings. He raised his family to be strong in their faith and looked forward to Family Camp in Alexandria every year, without fail. There, he enjoyed early morning fishing with his son, Ron, and attending the services at night. This time was so special to both Roger and Ron that virtually nothing could interfere. His son was his best friend. They never missed TwinsFest, the Twins opener, and attended countless Vikings games together. He loved watching the Vikings on Sunday afternoon with his entire family. He made his weekly call to his daughter Rhonda and Erick to make sure they were coming “up for the game” and that they brought his favorite Hy-Vee chocolate chip cookies and his grandpup, Sophie. He loved his family and his biggest desire, and constant prayer, was that his children and grandchildren would grow up to love Jesus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Ted, Floyd, and LeRoy Johnson and sisters, LaVerne Pfouts, Jeanette, Joyce and Ruth Johnson. He is survived by wife, Lorna, and children Ronald, Rhonda (Erick) Bates; grandchildren Joshua and Emilie Reilly; sister, Della Pearson; sister-in-law, Loris Swenson; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.