January 18, 1934 ~ February 15, 2015
Harold Johnson, 81, Fargo, died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Villa Maria. Harold was born on January 18, 1934 to Bert and Mary (Peterson) Johnson in Petersburg, ND, where he was raised and attended rural schools. Following graduation, Harold served in the United States Army. In 1962, he was united in marriage to Beverly Lafrenz in Langdon. Harold worked in construction in Grand Forks before moving to Fargo where he was self-employed for the last 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, Chris (Maggie) , Pittsburg, PA, Timothy (Sara Dietrich) Minneapolis, MN, Rachel (Terry) Olstad, Burnsville MN; grandchildren, Brenden, William, Trygve; and sister, Lois Pautz, Arthur, ND. He is preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, and 1 sister. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3:00 pm at Boulger Funeral Home with visitation one hour before service. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign our on line guest book please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.
Bev, Chris, Tim, Rachel and families,
Our sympathy and thoughts are with you during this sorrowful time. May you find solace in all the wonderful memories you have of Harold.
Our condolences to Harold’s family.
From your old neighbors on Tenth Avenue
Alice, Darrold, and Joey
Harold was one of a kind!
I will miss you my friend,
He helped me with a lot of projects when I had a body shop and then on my farm, for many years, He could always figure it things out, I remember many times going to the Fryn Pan and having lunch with him, and we would draw out stuff then back to my mess, nothing was as messy as that old chevy truck he had, HA! HA!, I had have great memories of that truck, I miss that! I could always call him and he would help me figure out some project, He was a walking encyclopedia! He was the guy in charge when I built my first quanset, he made it seems like child’s play, his laughter was always there, even when I would screw up. A good teacher. He taught me A lot, one thing he said to me was, “I have an excuse when I mess up, Norwegian carpenters are are medication the rest of you have to fend for yourself! That was Harold! So his legacy to me is in about all buildings I have, it will be tough to put up another building without him. He was one of a kind. I was blessed to know him as my friend, and he is so blessed with having a great wife like Bev and his great kids, Chris, Tim, Rachel. And his cats, So now God has to put up with him, but then Harold has a great skill, just like Jesus who was a carpenter you just know Harold is building something, somewhere…..
Uncle Harold you will be greatly missed!
He was a kind gentle man, with a great sense of humor, and would be willing to help anyone out. He was even a man who was known to share his morning cereal bowl with a cat.
Bev, Chris, Tim and Rachel you’re in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all!
Harold had a wry sense of humor and a huge heart. I will miss seeing you, Bev, and Harold taking your long neighborhood walks together. My condolences to all of you.
I was sad to get Rachel’s message that Harold had left for the next voyage. Growing up as neighbors was fantastic and his laugh was always a joy to behold. He was a good man who made the neighborhood a better place. It was enjoyable even as an adult running into him from time to time around town to visit for a few minutes and being able to visit. He fathered three fantastic children one of whom was my first friend and remains a friend to this day. If anything can be a testament to Harold is that he (and Bev) raised his children to be people of integrity who are worthy of being lifelong friends. This is his legacy, be proud of it and in doing so of his memory.
Kory G Leach
Thinking of you and your family through this difficult time. Just remember we don’t walk alone…the ones we love are always with us in our hearts as loving memories of yesterday that will bring us strength for today.
Uncle Harold, it was nice to know you. You were a wonderful and very kind person with a great smile. I was so glad that we could visit you 3 years ago in Fargo. One thing that I couldn’t forget, when I felt like to eat “sushi”, you were the only one who ate it with me and you told me that you liked it !!!! It’s not easy to make American man eating sushi, but he was so brave to eat it !!! … It seems just happened a few days ago …. I will miss you, Uncle Harold … But you are in a good place, I am sure you will meet my mom and father in-law in heaven … We love you very much … Please be strong Bev, Chris, Tim and Rachel … You are in our prayer … I am sorry I couldn’t come, at least Mike can come. My memory with you will always be in my heart forever.
I don’t often do this but I worked for Tom & Chris Christopherson at RentAll of Fargo-Moorhead and I know how much they thought of him. I too knew Harold he was a wonderful man & always had a huge smile for everyone. I know that he made a GREAT impact on many people to include me, Tom & Chris. I know that they are all now having Coffee & doughnuts together & that one day that we will all be back together.
Chris and family, I am sorry to hear of the death of your father, husband, and grandfather. He was such wonderful man with a kind heart and a uniquely keen sense of humor. He had such a positive influence on so many of us during our growing years. I look back and think all things he and your mom did for us neighborhood kids that helped shape us into the people we are today. He will truly be remembered as a tremendous man with a huge heart, a calm demeanor, and his timely sense of wit.
Beverly and family: Just want to give you my condolences and say what a genuine warm fuzzy man Harold was and that we totally enjoyed your whole family on 13 1/2 Street South while I was growing up there you wer a great family to have live beside us and may God Bless you .
Beverly and Family: Just want to say my sympathies are with you and your beautiful family while you grieve your loss of Harold. He was a kind and caring and compassionate man and passed those qualities down the line to all of your children as well. He had a sparkle in his eye all the time and am sure you will all be missing him. You were wonderful neighbors while growing up on thirteen and a half street south in Fargo . May God wrap his arms around all of you and hold you through this sadness and guide you along.
Beverly and family: Just a note to say sorry to hear of your loss in the passing of Harold. It was delightful having your family live right next to us Twetes on thirteen and one half street south in Fargo. Harold always had the infectious smile with a twinkle in his eyes and he passed all his charm and traits on to his beautiful children with the help of Bev too. May God take care of you all through this time and guide you along.
Chris and Family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad!
May his memory remain strong.
Celebrate his life by sharing those memories!
Thoughts and prayers to you all!
Bryan Wickoren & Family
Highlands Ranch, Colorado