Johnson, Gordon Wayne “Gordy” (1954-2010)

Gordon Johnson, 56, died on Monday, October 25, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada during a hunting trip with his friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Thief Lake, with Rev. Curtis Matz officiating. Casket bearers include DelRay Beito, Danny Beito, Randy Praught, Dave Doty, Duane Kaiser and Ryan Johnson, Honorary casket bearer was Shane Balzum. Interment was held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, Thief Lake.

Gordon “Gordy” Wayne Johnson was born August 7, 1954 in Princeton, the son of Ellsworth and Jeanette (Finstrom) Johnson. He was baptized in Princeton, and confirmed in Onamia, Gordy attended elementary school in Cove and Onamia. He moved with his family to Sundance, WY, where he attended Sundance High School during his junior and senior years.

It was during his junior year when he met his high school sweetheart, Cindy Lea Joy. He graduated in 1972 and Cindy in 1975. On June 7, 1975, he and Cindy were united in marriage at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Sundance. In June 1978, the couple was blessed with their son, Jeremy Ray.

After graduation Gordy worked through the apprenticeship program for carpentry at Casper College in Casper, WY. During his apprenticeship and for several years after, he worked in Wyoming and North Dakota as a carpenter. In 1982, Gordy and Cindy moved back to Onamia,MN to start their own business selling dairy products to local businesses. October 1996 brought them to Middle River, MN, where Gordy returned to the carpentry industry.

For the past 12 years he has worked for Kraus Anderson Construction as superintendent. Even though it was hard work, Gordy enjoyed his job and treasured the ability to work alongside his wife.

Even with Gordy’s busy life within work, he always found time for others. He has served as a Cub Scout Den Leader, NWA Chapter President, and was an active member of Carpenter’s union local 606 out of Virginia. Gordy was also a member of the Onamia Lions Club and served as a school board member there. Most of all, he took the time to participate in the Take a Kid Hunting or Fishing Programs. These programs introduce children to the outdoors, which Gordy loved so much.

Gordy loved fishing, goose and deer hunting, riding his Harley motorcycle, camping trips with friends, spending time at the hunting shack, traveling and being outdoors. Just recently, Gordy and Cindy were able to spend their 35th wedding anniversary together, enjoying a cruise to Alaska. Spending time with family and friends was very important to Gordy. He especially loved being with his grandchildren. Gordy will be remembered as an awesome dad, a loving husband, wonderful grandpa and a great friend.

Survivors include his loving wife, Cindy of Middle River; son, Jeremy (Karey) Johnson of Goodridge; grandchildren, Liberty and Jordon Johnson; father, Ellsworth Johnson of Onamia; sisters, Annette (Ed) Hanson of Crosby, Carol Cooley (Maynard Granruth) of Crosby; Neva (Gene) Gannon of Brainerd, Barb Brown of Louisville, KY. and Linda (Ton) Corcoran of Marietta, GA; several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Gordy is preceded in death by his brother, Darvin; mother, Jeanette and niece, Lindsey.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Author: W Saewyc

An amateur genealogist and internet hobbyist.

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