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Kenneth Johnson

November 17, 1924 - March 19, 2014


1-2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Kenneth Johnson

November 17, 1924 - March 19, 2014


Kenneth James “Old Crow” Johnson, 89, of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away on March 19th, 2014 peacefully in his sleep at Bethany Nursing Homes under the care of Hospice.

Ken was born on November 17, 1924 in Grand Forks, North Dakota to his mother, Julia Johnson, and his father, Herman Johnson.  Ken attended school in Grand Forks until the eighth grade when he quit to work on the family farm.

Ken married Lucille Ruich in 1943; they were married for 26 years. He and Lucille had three children together, Ken Jr., Mary-Beth, and Mitchell. Ken, Lucille and the children lived in Fargo, ND and Sunnyvale, CA.

On September 15th, 1984 Ken married Lorna June Golpen (Jordahl) at their lake home on Big Cormorant Lake in Audubon, Minnesota were they enjoyed spending much of their time. Adding to the family were Lorna’s five children, Deb, Kathi, Rocky, Gayle, and Pam making a large fun-loving family.

Ken worked as a machinist at Western Auto and M&J Auto Parts and as a maintenance man at a home for the disabled. Ken enjoyed spending time in his Cadillac’s, doing wood work, and repairing cars for others. In his later life, Ken loved spending time at his lake home with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Lorna; his sister Hazel Ackerman; his sons Ken Johnson and Mitch (Dawn) Johnson; his stepdaughters, Deb (Jim) McCullough, Kathi (Dan) Trottier, Gayle Jordahl, and Pam (Rick) Lewis; his grandchildren, Seth Jacob, Kathy Jacob, Scott Johnson, Joe (Carrie) Johnson, Angela and Emily Johnson; his step-grandchildren, Robyn (Ted) Bailey, Tracy (Jeremy) Tjon, Shanda (Denny) Gustafson, Mandi (Nick) Ludowese, Erin (Allen) Moody, Nichole Shell, and Travis (Kyann) Lewis; his great-grandchildren, Alex and Tess Kandalaft; many step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his first wife Lucille; his daughter Mary-Beth Jacob; his parents Herman and Julia Johnson; his brothers Orlando Johnson and Walter Johnson; his sister Lillian (Arthur) Erickson; and his step-son Rock Jordahl.

The Johnson Family would like to extend their thanks to Hospice of the Red River Valley for their wonderful work and amazing care for Ken and his family during this difficult time.


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  1. Jerome and Jeanette Ruich says:

    Ft Wayne IndJimmy (Ken) Mitch and family
    Sorry to hear about your dad. We had a lot of good times with him Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family

    Jerome and Jeanette

  2. Jim and Sue Nordhougen says:

    Longmont ColoradoAlthough we are unable to attend the services today, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    I (Jim) always enjoyed spending time with Kenny and have great memories of the many things we did.

  3. Bonnie Rust says:

    Bloomington MN
    Sending sympathy and peace to the entire family.

  4. Beverly (Rust) Narum says:

    Missoula MTIt has been many many years since living back near this family but want to send my sympathy to Lorna and children.
    Thanks Gwen and brother Dean for sharing news. Bev.

  5. Tom Corcoran says:

    Grand Forks Mitch, Ken and family, My condolences on the loss of your father. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Johnson family.

  6. Kari Greuel Anderson says:

    Fargo ND
    R.I.P. Ken Johnson Sr.
    You leave quite a legacy in your wonderful family. To be missed and loved by many. Prayers and thoughts go out to the Johnson’s and Jordahl’s may you find peace knowing you have an angel watching over you from above.

    God Bless you all,
    Kari & Charleen

  7. Pamela Lewis says:

    Vergas MN
    You fought a long battle – Rest in Peace!
    Hugs Pam

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