Alan Johnson

alan johnson
Alan R. Johnson, 77, of Fargo, ND, died on February 25, 2021 at Sanford Hospice House in Fargo, surrounded by his family. Alan Robert Johnson was born on July 31, 1943, in Vancouver, WA to Arvid and Lois (Hovden) Johnson. The family settled in Fargo, ND. Alan attended Fargo South High where he enjoyed playing hockey. After graduating high school, Alan earned a Graduate’s Degree from Interstate Business College. On September 4, 1964, he was united in marriage to Marie Viestenz in Amenia, ND. The couple lived briefly in Phoenix, AZ and Boise, ID before making their home in Fargo where they raised their two sons. Alan had an extensive career in television broadcasting and film editing with local TV stations. He enjoyed gardening, the NDSU Bison, and drumming as a local musician. Alan is survived by his wife, Marie L. Johnson; his children, Brian (Deb) Johnson, and Matthew R. Johnson; his brother, Arlen (Gail) Johnson; nephews, Mark Pueppke, Michael Johnson, and Bruce Pueppke; and nieces, Gail Pueppke Fishel, Christie Klein, and Elizabeth Coe. Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Arvid and Lois Johnson.

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  1. Dear Brian & family-

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I smiled when I read your dad was a drummer-I’m sure he loved that you were too. ❤️ Take care, your old pal, Pamaroo

  2. Marie and Family
    I’m so sorry to hear about Al. I know what you are going through. It was just a year ago that I lost Roger and I’m still feeling the loss of my partner of 55 years. It does get better, little by little. Mourn as much as you need to and soon you will start to remember those happy times. You have your boys and family helps so much during this time of sorrow.

    You’re in my prayers Marie.
    Joyce Priewe

  3. I remember in the 60s when Al and I played in a band together. They were wonderful memories. I will miss my dear friend and want to express my sympathy and condolences to Marie and family. God bless you as you mourn at this time.

  4. Marie, Brian & Matt — You have Sharon’s & my deepest sympathy.

    I want to tell you one of my favorite memories regarding Al (and he wasn’t even present at the time). Al and I worked for many years in television broadcasting in Fargo and became good friends. One time, early on, Al had told me that he and singer Bobby Vee had grown up in the same neighborhood. Many years later, Bobby Vee was performing in Fargo and I went to the concert, and during the intermission I got to talk a little with Bobby Vee. I told him I was working with someone from his old neighborhood — Al Johnson. Bobby Vee’s face and eyes lit up, and he said to me, “Al was my best friend!”

  5. I played in a band with Alan in the early 80s. country and 50s rock. He was a very kind gentleman and I enjoyed playing many gigs with him. Rest in peace… the world is minus a good drummer and a kind soul

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